Archive for February 5th, 2018

Esther is one of two books that contain no mention of God, the other being the Song of Songs (Solomon).  It can be argued that the book of Esther is the scripture’s clearest example of the doctrine of providence.  God, although hidden from our view, works through circumstances and human choices to accomplish His own ends.  Esther teaches us to see the hidden God revealed in the ebb and flow of personal and world events and to praise Him for His continual care. In today’s reading we see the ‘hidden’ God at work in a surprising change of events, at least they must have been surprising to Haman: after all he had it all figured out!

 

In earlier chapters Haman had managed to get Xerxes to give him permission to commit genocide (Est 3:8-11), and full of pride boasted about his ‘superior position’ (Est 6:10-12). He had substantial gallows built on which to ‘dispatch’ his hated enemy Mordecai. But how quickly tables can be turned!

 

Haman, along with the King, dines with Queen Esther for a second time. I wonder what Haman thought would be the outcome of this second banquet?  King Xerxes asked Esther for her petition …’it will be given you.’ (Est 7:2).  A bold promise from a King who did not yet know the answer to his question (compare Mk 6:21-29).

 

The answer of course, was the last thing Haman wanted and in a desperate move, he throws himself (the passage almost implies literally) upon the Queen for mercy.  The King returns from the garden and enraged at this ‘molestation’ has Haman hanged on the very gallows he had prepared at his own house for Mordecai.  A fitting end we might feel, but this chapter is another example of how almighty God watches over His chosen people and that they, His chosen people, will never be completely destroyed.

 

God is equally committed towards us.  The covenant of the ‘new blood of Jesus’ means that born again Christian believers are grafted in and are thus part of His chosen people (Rom 11:11-24), and although He might at times be hidden, God is indeed in total control.

Have you ever wondered why we are called to ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ (Ps 122:6-9)

 

 

 

 

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Father, I praise you that you are always at work even when I cannot see you, and that you are always watching out for and over your chosen people.  I thank you that you chose me when you revealed the Lord Jesus through the work of your Holy Spirit that I might believe on Him and be saved.  To your glory, forever…..Amen.

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