Summary: A sermon built on the 50 Day Spiritual Adventure series "More Than Survivors."
Remember the feast that Esther wanted to have in honor of the king? The one to which she specifically invited Haman and he was so proud because he had a personal invitation from the queen? Well, at the feast, and still feeling quite generous, King Xerxes says to Esther, “My dear what is your request? I will give you anything you ask for, even up to half my kingdom.”
Esther seizing the opportunity, “If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant to me this one request. For I and my people have been sold to destruction and slaughter and annihilation.” King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is the man who has dared to do such a thing?” Esther replies, “The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman.”
In a rage, the King leaves the room. Haman knowing his fate is sealed, throws himself on the couch where Esther is reclining to beg for his life. About that time the king comes back in, sees Haman laying on the couch next to the queen and infuriated the king says, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?” Poor old Haman, a victim of his own undoing.
Someone gets word to the king that a gallows has been built in Haman’s own yard upon which Mordecai was to be hanged. The king says, “Hang Haman there!” Haman is dragged out kicking and screaming and hanged on the very gallows he intended for Mordecai.
Esther then asks the king to overrule the edict initiated by Haman to destroy all the Jews. The king happily agrees and a new royal edict is issued that all the Jews in every province throughout all Persia are to be protected and have the right to defend themselves from any and all attackers.
Esther continues to find favor with the king. Mordecai is elevated to second in command of the Xerxes’ kingdom. And all the Jews in every region, throughout all Persia celebrated. There was feasting and joy and gladness in all the land for the Jews had been spared.
A happy ending to a remarkable story full of twists and turns and plots and deception, which resulted in ultimate victory for God’s people.
So what are the practical applications we can glean from the story of Esther and apply to our own lives? Well, there are at least five things we can glean from this little book that will help us in our walk with the Lord.
First, we see that God will put us in the right place at the right to serve him and to accomplish his will. For example: It’s not coincidental that Mordecai overhears two of the kings guards plotting Xerxes execution. The fact that God had Mordecai in the right place at the right time to stop the assassination of the king was very important for the future of the Jews.
Second, Esther is another good example of God having his person in the right place at the right time. An edict from the king himself has gone out to destroy the Jews. Mordecai knows it’s no veiled threat; the lives of God’s people are in grave danger. Mordecai says to Esther, “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to the royal position for such a time as this.” Meaning, to save God’s people from destruction.