The Destruction Planned by The Wicked Came Back Upon Them
The book of Esther is extremely important to the New Testament believer, and anyone who searches out the true character and nature of God. The unchangeable nature of God’s Word is aptly portrayed. Understanding this characteristic of the laws of God is crucial to our understanding of the New Covenant. God’s desire has always been to save mankind from his sins.
In the book of Esther, Haman and all of his sons were hung at the command of the king. The destruction planned by the wicked came back upon them. The Jews overtook their enemies even though they still tried to destroy them. It is important to note a few things when examining these events.
- Haman first wrote a law that was one of aggression against the Jews prompted by jealousy and offense.
- A new, second law, written by Esther and Mordecai, was one of defense and protection. Had there been no aggressors, there would have been no battles.
- Even though the new law went into effect, the enemies empowered by the first law did not relent. They still took up arms against the Jews hoping to destroy them.
- The Jews fought valiantly against their aggressors in defense of their lives according to the new law of Esther and Mordecai.
The Integrity of the Law
Our faith in the New Covenant that is in place today through Jesus, will be challenged even though the new law has been written for our success. We will still have to resist the attacks of the aggressor, Satan.
Victory won’t always come easily, but it is assured. The success of the Jews in Esther was celebrated in the feast of Purim and is still celebrated today.
Esther 9:23-27 (BBE)
23 And the Jews gave their word to go on as they had been doing and as Mordecai had given them orders in writing; 24 Because Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the hater of all the Jews, had made designs for their destruction, attempting to get a decision by Pur (that is, chance) with a view to putting an end to them and cutting them off; 25 But when the business was put before the king, he gave orders by letters that the evil design which he had made against the Jews was to be turned against himself; and that he and his sons were to be put to death by hanging. 26 So these days were named Purim, after the name of Pur. And so, because of the words of this letter, and of what they had seen in connection with this business, and what had come to them, 27 The Jews made a rule and gave an undertaking, causing their seed and all those who were joined to them to do the same, so that it might be in force forever, that they would keep those two days, as ordered in the letter, at the fixed time every year.
This eloquent example of how death and destruction were averted through a new law is exactly what God accomplished through Jesus with the New Testament Covenant. The gift of God through Jesus is available to all. However, make no mistake about it, destruction will come upon those that oppose Him, God’s Law and His people. Faith is the key issue exemplified by Esther, who acted on her beliefs in spite of her fear and the threat of death. There are many references in Proverbs that are certainly proven out in the record of Esther, but Proverbs 10:24 has especially been shown to be true.
The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
Once God has made a decree or declaration of a truth, it does not change, nor can it be altered even by God Himself! Words that have come from God’s mouth have become His laws. He chose to bind Himself by those words. This is why the Laws of God that were delivered to man through Moses are still in effect today. Most civil law finds its foundation in God’s Word, whether or not the world establishment, bureaucrats, or politicians want to acknowledge it. These laws from God cannot be repealed. They are the only absolutes in a world of relativism and situational ethics.
The account of Esther punctuates these concepts as it describes the unalterable nature of the laws of the Medes and the Persians. The etiquette of the throne room points directly to Jesus as the "Sceptre" that provides for grace and enables our audience before God. This example of the legal system of the earth is presented in the book of Esther to give insight into the unchangeable nature of God’s Word. When God says it, it is established, and He does not change His mind. However, like Esther and Mordecai, God provided a remedy to overcome the detrimental effects of an earlier law.
The first Law of God was based on performance or works, but the remedy of the new law is based on grace and faith in Jesus and is freely available to all who want it. God’s Word can be counted on as a constant in this world. He does not exercise His sovereignty by changing His mind when it suits Him. He cannot go against His own Word or His own Law. Trusting in His Word, combined with faithful adherence, will keep you safe through all sorts of harrowing circumstances, just as it did with Esther.
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