by Beverly Barnett

Monday, May 6

The King Permits the Jews To Fight

Esther 8:9-14

“The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies,” Esther 8:13.

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

King Ahasuerus allowed circumstances to rule his decisions. He had already sent out a decree to kill all the Jews and confiscate their possessions, but when Haman’s evil plan was discovered, Mordecai became the new hero. The king sent out a new decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves. Ahasuerus’ pride caused a civil war in his kingdom between the Jews and Persians. Many people suffered and died in a war they did not ask for nor wanted.

Satan rises up with great fury to destroy God’s people using people such as Haman. Whenever the Hamans rise up, God always has a Mordecai to stand in the gap. We need to learn from Mordecai to trust God in times of great struggle. God will always deliver His people.

REFLECTION: Jesus has told us that we will face persecution in this lifetime, but He also reassures us that He has overcome the world.


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