Summary: Wonderful things happen when God turns the table!
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN A BAD THING GOES GOOD!
9/23/09 Esther 8:1-17 S__ L__ R__
1. Hebrew Word Found in Esther 9:22
a. “turn” – overthrow; overturn; transform
b. Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: You have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
c. Principle is seen in Joseph’s famous words Gen 50:20
… you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good …
Genesis 50:20 (MSG)
Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, …
A. ESTHER’S ENRICHMENT V. 1
a. What Haman would have done evil w/Esther good
b. Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Job 27:17-18 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. 18 He builds his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper makes.
c. Goods, estates, money – valued by use not by cost!!
a. Significant statement at end of verse
b. … Esther had told what he (Mordecai) was unto her.
c. No more lies; no more closet Jew
d. Diff. Between Lie and Truth
i. Don’t have to remember what you said!
ii. Free to speak what you should
e. Not sure that Esther had one restful night since edict
i. Do or say or not do or not say – She was a JEW
ii. rest assured when the killing started someone would tell
Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Proverbs 28:26 He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walks wisely, he shall be delivered.
Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.
B. MORDECAI’S ADVANCEMENT V. 2
1. Presence of the King .. Mordecai came before the king
a. No end of Wealth
Ephesians 3:20 (AMP) Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
Philippians 4:19 (AMP) And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
b. No sound of Weeping
i. joy of being in King’s Presence overshadow all sorrow
ii. King was the answer to all of one’s fears, needs etc.
iii. Death or banishment could result in pagan kings court
iv. Our KING - Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
2. Power of the King v. 2
a. Status – only 2 people could wear;
i. King or one That the King gave the ring to
i. signature or authority – wrote as the King
ii. stamp of approval
Luke 15:20-24 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
i. Only one who could take it off was the one who put it on!
ii. Romans 8:35-38 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,