ESTHER #21

12/07/21

Esther 8: 1-2     “That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. The king took off his signet ring which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate.”

What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday, Mordecai was forced to live outside the gate and Haman was in charge.  Haman was making the rules and calling the plays.  He was on track to replace Xerxes as the King of Persia.  Yesterday, Haman was getting ready to hang Mordecai and the Jewish people were just days away from complete annihilation.   

King Xerxes became furious when Esther told him what Haman was planning to do.  Then Xerxes sees Haman falling on the couch where Esther was reclining and he accuses Haman of molesting his wife.  As soon as the words left the king’s’ mouth, without any chance to explain or defend himself; without any chance to tell his side of the story, Haman was dragged away and hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. 

It was all over, all turned around in a matter of minutes.  But that’s exactly how the Lord works.  Isn’t it?  We can go for a long time; years, in fact where nothing seems to be happening; a time where things just seem to be getting worse and worse.  We keep praying and pleading with God, but still nothing seems to be happening.  Nothing’s changing; nothing’s improving.

Then when we get to the place where we can’t take it anymore and we’re ready to give up, the Lord steps in and takes over.  Things begin to happen so fast our minds can’t keep up with them.  Then suddenly it’s over and when the dust begins to settle, it’s hard to comprehend what the Lord has just done for us. 

It may seem to us like our prayers are not being heard, but when God moves, He moves quickly.  When God acts, He acts quickly; so we’d better be expecting it and we’d better be ready.   Take a look at what just happened in the Kingdom of Persia.  “That same day,” the old passed away and everything became new.  Forgetting the things that were in the past, they can now reach for the new things in their future. 

Haman is dead and completely out of the picture.  Mordecai and Esther are both living in the palace with the King.  Everything is exactly the way it was supposed to be.  Everything is exactly the way God intended it to be; the way God designed it to be.  Everything is possible for them and for the kingdom now because everything is in its right order.  This team that can’t possibly be defeated.

There is no problem they can’t solve, no challenge they can’t overcome.  Mordecai is wearing the King’s Signet Ring that has just been pried off of Haman’s cold, dead finger.  That Signet ring gives whoever is wearing it the authority to write the laws and sign decrees in the name of the King and now it’s on Mordecai’s finger.  This team can’t possibly be defeated.

Mordecai is wearing the King’s Signet Ring and Esther has just given Mordecai power of attorney over Haman’s estate. It was actually Ester’s estate in the first place.  Haman never should have had an estate.  He had no right to anything in the Kingdom.  Haman got what he had by lying, stealing and manipulating the king, but Haman’s dead now and everything goes back to Esther, its rightful owner. 

Esther has just gotten her life back and she was wise enough to sign it all over to Mordecai to manage for her.  She knew if she tried to manage it herself, someone else might come along and take it from her again. Esther chose Mordecai to be her life manager  Mordecai had been advising her, guiding her and protecting her since she was a child.  

Do you have a life manager?  Do you have someone advising you what to do with your life so you can have more of it; someone telling you how much to give, what to believe, when to be quiet; when to speak and what to say; how to react to people and to your circumstances; what things to pursue and what to avoid?  Do you have a life manager for things like that or are you trying to do it yourself because you think you can do a much better job?  How’s that working out for you? 

There’s no better guide, no better advisor, no better life manager than the Holy Spirit.  When we entrust our whole lives over to Him, our assets never decrease and our earnings will always be protected.  Our resources, our talents, our effectiveness and our productiveness as Christians and as human beings will continue to multiply.  The love, the wisdom and the power of God will be living within us and constantly be available to us when we fully surrender our lives into the Lord’s faithful and loving hands.  No enemy will ever be able to defeat us or steal anything from us again.  King Xerxes, Queen Esther and Mordecai are together in the palace.  Mordecai has the king’s ring and he’s in charge of Haman’s estate.  It’s what you call a winning team. 

This team can’t possibly be defeated either; The Body of Christ operating in the power of the Holy Spirit with Jesus honored as the King; believers, (His Church); doing everything Jesus (our King) has told us to do; in the power of the Holy Spirit; everyone being where God’s wants us to be, doing what God has equipped us to do.  That’s a winning combination that doesn’t know the meaning of the word “impossible.”  Absolutely nothing can stand in their way or slow them down.

Lord willing, we’ll meet back here again next Tuesday. Thanks for being in God’s Word with pastorrbuj.   

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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