(17 verses, 3:42 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Esther pleads with Xerxes to issue a decree to spare the Jews from the now deceased Haman’s plan to exterminate the Jews in the empire.
- vv. 1-2: Haman’s house is transferred, ironically, to Mordecai through Queen Esther.
- vv. 3-8: Queen Esther urges King Xerxes to revoke Haman’s directives against the Jews in the empire.
- vv. 9-14: King Xerxes’ decree goes throughout all of his empire.
- vv. 15-17: The Jews rejoice in their deliverance from the hands of their enemies, who now began to fear the Jews as a result.
- As the Lutheran Study Bible notes, God’s name is not used in the book of Esther, which has caused some to question Esther’s place in the canon of Scripture. However, we can see throughout the book devotional practices of the Jewish people that are indicative of the life of faithful Jews living in the empire under King Xerxes. We can also see the reversal of Jewish fortune (from bad to good) as a sign of God’s saving work done on behalf of His people. We know from other places in Scripture how God controls human history for the benefit of His people, and the story of Esther is one of those examples. He placed Esther in her position in order to rescue the Jews from the wicked plot of Haman.
- This ought to remind us that our Lord Jesus Christ, who is ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, rules all things in heaven and on earth for our benefit. Though we may not immediately see what that good is, as in the case of Esther, we know that God’s good and gracious will is to break and hinder every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature which do not want us to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come. This He does for us Christians through His Word, as He strengthens and keeps us firm in the faith until we die.
- This promise, like the seal of King Xerxes, is set upon us in Holy Baptism. Through the water and the word, God sets His name upon you, making you a promise that cannot be revoked (v. 8). In Baptism, He has joined you to His Son, Jesus Christ, who has broken the bonds of death and hell and lives and reigns to all eternity, that you might live under Him in His kingdom in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.
- Prayer:Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the Ascension of our Lord)
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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