Esther 3: Trouble for the people of God

(15 verses, 3:03 to read)

LISTEN and READ

What I am about to READ

  • Haman enters the story; and things begin to go bad for the Jews…

MARK and LEARN

  • (v.1-6)–Mordecai angers Haman
    • It has been a number of years since Esther has become queen and Mordecai saved the king’s life.  Their nationality is still hidden and no one knows that they are Jews.
    • Haman the Agagite is promoted to a very high status.
      • Not much is known about Haman except that he is an Agagite and it is confidently assumed that the Agagites and the Israelites had been adversaries since the days of King Saul.
    • Mordicai refuses to bow to Haman; even though it is a command of the king.
      • No real reason for this is given.  The bowing does not appear to be in worship, but in respect for one in authority.
      • Whatever the case, he refuses.  And for the first time reveals that he is a Jew.
    • Haman wants revenge, but seeks to commit genocide against the entire Jewish race throughout Persia.
  • (v.7-11)–Haman begins to lay out his plan
    • He tells the king of group of people whose ways and laws and believes are too different.  These people are scattered throughout Persia and they deserve to be destroyed.
      • Haman doesn’t seem to tell Ahasuerus who this people group is.
    • Without much detail, the king assents and gives Haman his signet ring so that all proclamations made by Haman will be made with the authority of the king.
  • (v.12-17)–The plan is in place
    • Letters are sent out into all the regions of Persia, in every language, to all people.
    • They are sent out on the 13th day of the first month and they instruct all officials to destroy all the Jews in their land on one day, the 13th day of the twelfth month.
      • The gap in time probably allows for the distribution of the letters and for the satraps and governors to formulate a plan into order to accomplish this genocide all in one day.
    • The Jews have less than a year before their destruction…

MEDITATE

  • In the book of Esther, we see God’s continued faithfulness and protection for His chosen people.  Even though His name is never uttered a single time in the book we see His hand at work.  Surely He will protect His chosen people; not lonely because He loves them, but more importantly, because He has declared that He will provide a Messiah for the entire world, and it will come from the line of David.  The Lord God will not allow this line to be snuffed out; not by kings or enemies or the devil himself.

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-Rev. Eli Lietzau, pastor
Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, ABQ, NM

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