Sunday, November 7, 2021

Esther, Week 5


This week Haman took his rage to King Ahasuerus. Haman told the King there was a people who did not follow the King's laws.  He also offered to pay for the destruction of these people. Without even asking who the people were, the King gives Haman the go ahead, handed over his signet ring, and told Haman to keep his money. 

The decree was sent out again in every language, just like the decree about wives honoring husbands, and was sealed with the King's signet ring. The ring represented the King's signature. Once again, the King has shown himself to be very suggestible, a go-a-longer. Not much of a leader, if you ask me. The decree went out in the first month and announced the destruction of the Jews in the twelfth month.  

Mordecai was devastated. As was custom, he dressed in sackcloth and walked through the city. He did not, however, enter the King's gate because it was illegal to enter the gate in sackcloth. I love our rule following Mordecai. 

As you might image, Jews across the kingdom were scared and upset. They cried out, dressed in sackcloth and put ashes on their faces.  Eleven months is a long time to wait be destroyed, killed and annihilated. But it's enough time for God to work!

Esther finds out that Mordecai is upset. She sends clothes out to him but he rejects then. Esther then summons one of the King's eunuchs, Hathach, and asks him to go to Mordecai and find out what's wrong. 

This week we'll find out how Esther reacts to the news of the decree.

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