Esther 8–Empowered

Esther could not have asked for more. Haman was dead, Mordecai was promoted and as Queen she was given all the lands and property of Haman. But, one thing yet remained, what to do about the law that was passed to exterminate the Jews. Esther once again trusted God and approached her husband. Once again, provision was made—not just provision but God empowered the Jewish people to defend and take charge of their lives. Mordecai got to write the law, then he had the King’s seal to make it permanent. The King told him to do what he thought was right.
Only God could take a hopeless situation and turn it to the empowerment of his people. The end of the story so magnifies his control without mention of his handiwork. So much that happens in our lives reflects the issues faced by Esther. We are on a journey that changes often. We face insurmountable odds and untenable circumstances only to find that with God nothing is insurmountable or untenable. We continue to lean in to him and he not only meets our needs, but uses his power to make us and our circumstances more amazing than we could have dreamed. God is God—We are NOT. As Haman hung dead on the pole he built to destroy the Jews, Esther and Mordecai began crafting a law to protect and empower them, probably in his library. Never underestimate God’s power or the reward for our trust and submission—Both are incredible.
God Bless You
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. 2 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.
3 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. 4 Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him.
5 “If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces. 6 For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”
7 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 impaled him on the pole he set up. 8 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.”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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