Summary: 1. Mordecai’s new reward (vs. 1-2 & 10:1-3). 2. Esther’s new request (vs. 3-6). 3. The King’s new ruling (vs. 7-10). 4. The Jews’ resistance (vs. 11-14). 5. The Jews’ rejoicing (vs. 15-18).
For Such a Time as This
Part 8: The Victory Continues
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - July 15, 2012
*About 500 years before Christ, Esther the secret Jew was chosen to be queen of the Persian Empire. Esther was put there by the invisible Hand of God to help deliver His people from total extermination.
*This destruction was plotted by Prime Minister Haman, because of his arrogance and bloodthirsty hatred of the Jews. Haman had convinced King Xerxes to command the slaughter of the Jews, not knowing that he had signed the death warrant of his own queen.
*In chapter 4, the queen was persuaded to risk the death penalty by going before the king to plead for her people. And after 3 days of prayer and fasting, Esther approached King Xerxes in chapter 5. The king spared her life, and the new queen began to carry out a plan to save her people.
*Oddly enough, the plan involved inviting the king and his wicked prime minister to join the queen at two banquets. In chapter 6, God intervened after the first banquet by keeping the king awake that night. The restless king called for the royal records to be read to him. And King Xerxes realized that his life had been saved by Mordecai the Jew who foiled an assassination plot against the king.
*Mordecai was also Esther’s beloved older cousin who raised her as his own child when she was orphaned. Prime Minister Haman hated Mordecai with a passion, because Mordecai would not bow down before anyone but God.
*Haman even planned to hang Mordecai on a scaffold 75 feet tall. But when the sleepless king realized that Mordecai had never been rewarded for saving his life, King Xerxes commanded Haman to honor Mordecai in a very public way.
*That duty humiliated the evil Haman beyond measure. By the end of chapter 6, even Haman’s wife and friends could see that Haman was going to fall. And now it was time for the second banquet.
*That banquet did not end well for Haman.
-He was exposed for his murderous treachery.
-And executed on the same gallows he prepared for Mordecai.
*The source of the danger was dead. But the danger remained, because the king’s decree against the Jews was irreversible. With this background in mind, let’s begin tonight’s study by reading Esther 8:1-6.
*This life and death drama shows us how God often works in our lives behind the scenes.
-It also teaches us about our purpose in the world...
-About faith and the importance of family...
-About our need for Godly leaders, and more.
*As we explore this Chapter 8, there are more spiritual comparisons we can make. And we will see more eternal truth from Esther’s trouble.
1. In vs. 1-2, notice first Mordecai’s new reward.
1. On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her.
2. So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman.
*Receiving King Xerxes’ ring was a great promotion for Mordecai, because this was the ring the king used to sign laws, edicts, and letters. John Gill pointed out that among the Persians, receiving the king’s ring was a sign of the strongest affection and friendship. (1)
*We see more of Mordecai’s reward in the first part of vs. 15, which says: “Now Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple.”
*Then in Esther 10:1-3, the Lord chose to end Esther’s story with another tribute to Mordecai:
1. And King Ahasuerus imposed tribute on the land and on the islands of the sea.
2. Now all the acts of his power and his might, and the account of the greatness of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?
3. For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen.
*The Lord has promised to reward our righteousness. Sometimes, like Mordecai, we will receive the rewards in this world. But the truth is that many of the best people who ever lived were treated like dirt by the anti-God forces of the world.
*Many believers are treated just as harshly as Mordecai would have been, if Haman had gotten his wish.