Pocket Sized Thoughts – Esther – Part 9

Esther 8:1-9:32 “The month was turned for them from sorrow to joy” (9:22)

Though Haman had been killed, the threat and danger of destruction of the Hebrew people still remained. The original decrees could not be reversed, so with further intervention by Esther, the king sent a royal decree by the hand of Mordecai for the Jews to arm and defend themselves against all attack. The enemy and sin writes irreversible decrees against us; we can do nothing to change them. A new ‘decree’ is written by Christ, which erases every former thing written against us (Colossians 2:14). As was the case with the Jews, the result was light and joy (v.16,17) arising from a time of great darkness and despair. Chapter nine gives the full account of the deliverance of the Jews throughout the entire empire, not just the palace and capital city. This ‘good news’ was to spread throughout the world. Sin brings sorrow and mourning (9:22) but Christ, by His salvation, turns it all to joy. In celebration, the feast of Purim was instituted, which has been kept all down the centuries and was marked by light, peace and truth. These are wonderful qualities of the kingdom of God, which He wants to make known throughout the world.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that by Your great salvation, You take the sorrow and burden of sin away.”