Esther 8:3-4 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. Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him.”
Ester has fallen at the king’s feet and is weeping and pleading with the king to save her people. Haman is dead, but there’s still a law on the books that says all the Jews must be annihilated.
Esther 8:5a “’If it pleases the king,’ she said, ‘and if he regards me with favor and thinks it is the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me.’”
Notice and learn from the way Esther makes her request to the king.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we will have what we asked of Him.” (1John 5:14-15)
Esther is humble enough to begin with, “If it pleases the king;” “If it be Thy will;” but she is also bold enough and confident enough to be very specific about what she wants him to do for her.
Esther 8:5b ‘”Let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman… the Agagite devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces.’”
This is not the time to be praying in safe, vague generalities. People’s lives are at stake here. Whenever we pray, especially when we’re interceding for somebody, whether they’re sick or unsaved, we’ve got to tell Jesus specifically and exactly what we want Him to do. How can the Lord be glorified and how can we know our prayers have been answered if we’ve been too afraid to pray for anything specific?
Esther 8:6 ‘”For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?’”
Esther can’t really be happy as long as she knows that people she loves are going to die. The Church has the primary responsibility of intercessory prayer; caring for the lost; pleading with our King to save the lives of our loved ones and family members who aren’t trusting in Jesus as the Savior.
It seems like an impossible request that Esther is making because Persian laws could never be repealed. If the law says they must die, they must die; end of story. But Esther pleads and intercedes for them anyway.
Esther 8: 7-8 “King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, ‘Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have hanged him on the gallows. Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring – for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.’”
“Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews.” We can’t destroy the old law, but if the old law brought death, let’s make a new law; a law that cancels out the old law; a law that gives life.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all or sins, having cancelled the written code, with its’ regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2: 13-15)
That’s exactly what Jesus did for us when He rose from the grave. He made a new Covenant. Jesus was able to do for us what the old Law was unable to do. The old law condemned us, and our works couldn’t ’t save us. Jesus saved us by His grace when He shed His blood for us on the cross.
The old law says. “The soul that sins shall die;” (Ezekiel 18:20) but the new law says, “The gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23)…whoever believes in Him (Jesus) will not perish, but will have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) and, like Xerxes, “no document written in the king’s name and sealed with His ring can be revoked.”
Esther 8: 9-10 “At once the royal secretaries were summoned…They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders…These orders were written in the script of each provence and the language of each people and also the Jews in their own script and language. Mordecai wrote in the name of King Xerxes, sealed the dispatches with the king’s signet ring, and sent them by mounted couriers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king.”
They wrote out a new decree written in every language so all the people could read it; written in the king’s own name and sealed with his ring; a truth that would last for eternity. Esther intercedes in prayer. The King grants Esther’s request and Mordecai gets it done. We pray. God answers and the Holy Spirit gets it done. When we’re all willing to let it work like that, we’ll become a team that can’t possibly be defeated.
Esther 8: 11 The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill, and annihilate any armed force of any nationality or provence that might attack them and their women and children; and to plunder the property of their enemies.”
The new law decreed that anytime an enemy came against you to kill you or defeat you, you had the king’s permission; you had the king’s blessing and the king’s support to defend yourself. The king has given you “the right to bear arms.” Put on the whole armor. Take the sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith. Stand firm and fight. No weapon that comes against you will ever be able to defeat you.
“I saw Satan fall from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18-20)
Let’s meet back here next Tuesday, Lord willing. Thanks for being in God’s Word with Pastor Buj. I hope it will become a regular habit.