ESTHER #19

11/23/21

Haman was thoroughly embarrassed and humiliated when King Xerxes commanded him to honor Mordecai with a public display of the king’s gratitude that Mordecai had expected to receive for himself.

Esther 6: 12-13  “Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told…his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His advisors and his wife…said to him, ‘Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him – you will surely come to ruin.’” 

Haman’s own family and his advisors tell him, “Your downfall has started.”   That parade through the streets was just the beginning.  Your plan never had a chance because “Mordecai is of Jewish origin.”  He’s a descendant of Abraham, the “father” of the Jewish nation.  He’s a part of the promises God made to Abraham.  You cannot sand against him. You will never succeed in your plans against him.  It will be fatal to continue to oppose him.  Haman knew it and his whole family knew it too. 

When Jesus stepped out of the tomb, Satan’s downfall had started. It was the beginning of the end for the devil and his angels.  Satan knows he will never succeed and it will be fatal to oppose Jesus.  He also knows the gates of hell will never prevail against the Church; against believers.  Because of our faith in Jesus, we are also “of Jewish origin” and linked to those promises God made to Abraham.   

 “You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus…If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  (Galatians 3:26, 29)

When we place our complete trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins; when we accept His free gift of everlasting life and invite Him into our lives as our Savior, we become born again. We are “bought with a price.”   We are adopted into His family.  We become His children “through faith in Christ Jesus.” The devil knows he will never succeed and it will be fatal for him to oppose us.  

Esther 6: 14 – 7:4     “While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs  arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared. So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther and as they were drinking wine on that second day, the king again asked,  ‘Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.’ Then Queen Esther answered, ‘If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life – this is my petition. And spare my people – this is my request. For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.’”

“I and my people have been sold for destruction, slaughter and annihilation.”  Jesus said, “”the thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy; but I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Because of our love for and our trust in Jesus, we are being targeted for destruction.  Believers are constantly struggling against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  The devil knows he can’t win.  But that hasn’t stopped him from trying.  He won’t give up until it’s completely over for him.  He keeps trying to prevent us from living the abundant life Jesus came to give us.   

Esther 7: 5-6a    “King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, ‘Who is he? Where is the man who dared to do such a thing?’ Esther said, ‘The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman.”

Haman is “outed” and exposed as the monster he really is.  The truth about Haman has been revealed.  Our adversary, the one who keeps opposing us and tormenting us; our enemy, the one who is trying to defeat and destroy us, is this vile Satan and the truth about him will one day be exposed.    

Esther 7:6b   “The Haman was terrified before the king and queen.”

The devil is more terrified before God than Haman was before Xerxes and it’s important for all of us to know and believe that.  The devil is terrified and we’d better not forget it.  The devil is “terrified before the King and Queen.”  Satan is terrified of Jesus and His Church. 

Let’s break here and, Lord willing, pick it up again next Tuesday. Thanks for being I n God’s Word with Pastor Buj.  

Published by pastorbuj

I have over forty-five years of pastoral experience serving churches in Rhode Island, New York State and California. After retirement, I wrote and published a book titled, "Why Did He Bother? A Pastor's Account of God's Abundant Mercy, Love, and Grace." It is available as a paperback, e-book and audible from Amazon.com. My newest venture is a Bible teaching blog site called "pastorbuj.wordpress.com"

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