Vs. , “On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.” Indeed, the tables have been turned and God’s people are now vindicated. Not only were they ready for battle, God had given them an advantage for the enemy feared them. I believe it was a fear that God had instilled in the enemy for His people to triumph as they did. It seems a rather harsh response as they would kill Haman’s sons and many thousands of others. But, remember that those who were killed were guilty of such hatred as Haman. Additionally, the Jews were ready to “Defend” themselves…not go on the attack. They would also celebrate a new holiday called Purim (derived from the word “pur” – meaning “lot”). Remember, lots were drawn to determine the time that the Jews were to be exterminated.
Regarding application…One Way. Lots were casted (kinda similar to rolling dice) and by chance Haman determined his destruction day. While we humans like games of chance (i.e. stock market, gambling, sports, etc.) there is but one way. God’s way. God’s way may have many roads we venture on, but it is still only way way that He desires for us. It’s a dangerous thing to play a game of chance to determine what and where we ought to go. I remember I used to love spinning the old globes (of the earth) that most of us kids had back in our rooms in the olden days. As it spun round and round, I would close my eyes and stop the spinnig globe with one of my fingers. I would pretend that wherever it landed on, I would one day go there. Suprisingly, many of us make irrational decisions based on superstitions or taking a chance from the choices we have. We must be careful to seek God’s will through prayer, affirmation of others, knowing His Word, etc. One Way!