QT – Esther 8

Vs. 3, “Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews.” Esther had defeated the enemy Haman and saved her own life…now it was time to save her people! While the King could not rescind his own edict, he could send out another one that would supercede it. Mordecai goes from nearly dead to being quite blessed to say the least. He would have the very signet ring of the King. We see the sense of urgency as the King’s couriers ride out in haste to deliver the message for the Jews to be saved. But it also gives them enough time to arm and protect themselves should any group decide to rebel against them.

Regarding application…Celebration. Vs. 16, “For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.” There is a time for everything and now was the time to celebrate! What roller coaster of emotions as God’s people go from being sentenced to death and now saved from death. Likewise, we were sentenced to die…But God sent his own son to die so we may live, his own new Edict. We are the King’s couriers rushing out to those who are perishing and give them a answer that can save them! I know this world is a crazy place to live and it’s not an easy road…but let’s truly take time to remember the happiness & joy that God also desires us to have. When I look back at my own life….what makes me appreciate the good times so much more is because of the tough times.