Friday, 25th March 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One Esther 8:1-17 Turn Defeat into Victory
V1-2 ‘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. 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.’ The king told Esther that he would give her half of the kingdom, yet he was not able to overturn the law given by Haman. The Jews were still facing their enemy’s killing.
V7-8 ‘Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”’ People put all their hope in people with authority. We are also like this, we rely on those with power, money, and authority, we rely on the skilful and the experienced… even Mordecai and Esther relied on the king but was rejected. We should not need to be afraid when we walk with God because there is no one in this world we can rely on, because He will turn our defeat into victory.
V15-17 ‘So 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; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honour. And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews because fear of the Jews fell upon them.’ God does not want us to change anything but to overcome it. The pandemic, the flood, the economic crisis, etc. might not be changed easily, but we can certainly overcome all the challenges and difficulties! The Jews stopped focusing on the day they would be killed and started feasting and preparing to fight back. They knew God was on their side, and they did not have to be afraid.
Through valleys or mountains, health or sickness, rich or poor, God is with us. We are just visitors of this world; our treasure is in Heaven. Do we also have the faith like the Jews to know that this is the day we can turn defeat into victory? What is turning defeat into victory? The Jews had not yet defeated their enemy, but they were already feasting because they knew God would lead them to victory. We must have the same faith, to see the victory before it happens, because God is on our side and we will definitely overcome!
Section Two Esther 9:1-16 Chase After Victory
V1 ‘Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them.’ It was truly the day of victory, the Jews turned the table from the defeated to the victors.
V5 ‘Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased with those who hated them.’ The Jews were to kill anyone they wished, but they did not completely destroy their enemy. Esther knew it was time for them to carry out the Will of God and complete the mission Joshua and the Israelites were not able to complete a long time ago therefore she asked for one more day to kill the sons of Haman.
When God is with us, He will bless us, like how He blessed Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their decedents. But on the other hand, if we are enemies with God, then He will also be the enemy of our descendants.
Section Three Esther 9:17-10:3 Live in God’s Will
以斯帖记 8~10 与主同行
8:9-12 我们是否相信，当我们与主同行而不是依靠他人的时候，神是可以帮我们改变历史的。犹大人原本是要在亚达月十三日被灭族的，连王也无能为力，但末底改奉王的名写谕旨，“准各省各城的犹大人在一日之间，十二月，就是亚达月十三日，聚集保护性命， 剪除、杀戮、灭绝那要攻击犹大人的一切仇敌和他们的妻子、儿女，夺取他们的财为掠物”。我们是否像他们起初这样将一切的盼望都放在人的身上，期盼在高位或有能力的人能帮我们。倚靠人的时候我们会失败，但神能帮我们反败为胜。