The book of Esther is one of the most wonderful stories in The Bible. In it, God’s character, goodness, righteous judgment, preserving power- and His sense of humor - are clearly seen. While there are many life lessons that can be learned through this book, I would like today to focus on three in particular. These lessons are: 1. God can always raise up a deliverer. 2. God can work all things together for good to those that love Him. 3. Those that seek to destroy the Jews, are destroyed themselves sooner or later. I encourage you to carefully read the book of Esther, so you can see these points in their context. Let’s get into The Word of God.
God can always raise up a deliverer. He has done it time and time again throughout history. Noah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, The many judges of Israel; King David, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Josiah, and of course, Esther (Est 4:14). These are just some of the deliverers that God raised up to save His people. When these righteous people reigned, the nation was blessed (Ps 33:12). Will He not do the same for us today? He is the Lord, and He does not change (Mal 3:6). He has the power to set one down, and put another up (Ps 75:6-7).
We need not be fearful or discouraged by the media. They say only two people have a chance at leading this nation. I say, with God, all things are possible. I say, if people will do what is mandated in 2Chr 7:14, that God could cause a righteous, Godly man to lead our nation. Don’t give up on God; and don’t give up on what He can do for the United States! This is no time to get depressed and quit! We can also learn from Esther the deliverer, that we must be willing to seek God’s face; and to die for the cause of Christ (Est 4:16). Are you ready to get serious about God?
Next, God can work all things together for the good of those that love Him (Rom 8:28). God compasses the righteous about with favor (Ps 5:12, Prv 12:2). As a covenant child of God, you are blessed! In Esther 6:11, God caused Haman, Mordecai’s arch enemy, to bless him! God certainly has a sense of humor. You see it as well in Exodus 2:1-10, when God causes Moses’ mother to get paid for nursing and raising her own child! Don’t you just love God?! As a Believer, you need to expect good things from God; even when things go crazy. God can turn loss into gain; tragedy into triumph; failure into success; and defeat into victory!
In Esther 7:9-10, you clearly see that it is never a good idea to try and destroy the Jews (Est 3:13). Sacred and secular history has proven this many times. Egypt: Jewish babies are ordered to be drowned in the Nile (Ex 1:22). Result- all Egypt’s firstborn die, and the army is drowned in the Red Sea. Assyria: Sennacherib takes captive Northern 10 tribes around 722 B.C. Result- his own sons killed him (2Ki 19:37). Babylon: took southern tribes captive in 586 B.C. Result- conquered in one night (Dan 5), and brought to nothing (Isa 13:19-22). Rome: sacked and burned temple and Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Result- empire degenerated and eventually was conquered. France: exiled Jews and stole their property in 1306. Result- Black Death goes through Europe in 1350. Spain: Jews tortured in inquisition and exiled in 1490. Result- Spain ceases to be a world power. Germany: millions of Jews tortured and murdered in Nazi Holocaust. Result- Hitler dead, Germany defeated and divided. England: backed out of Balfour Declaration. Result- England ceased to be a world power. Now the sun sets on the British Empire.
And the Jews? Well they’re STILL around. God contends with them, that contend with the Jews (Isa 49:25). Anti Semitism is Anti God. It is Satanic. We are not to be high minded and wise in our own opinions (Rom 11:20, 25); and we are not to boast against the Jews (Rom 11:18). However, we are commanded to show them mercy and love (Rom 11:31), and cause them to desire Jesus, because of our love relationship with Him (Rom 11:11-14). The Jews gave us The Holy Bible (Rom 3:1-2); The Apostles; and of course, The Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Never call them Christ killers. We are ALL Christ killers (Rom 3:10, 23). I pray these lessons from Esther blessed you, and until next time, rejoice in The Lord! (Phip 4:4)