Topic: Reward Of The Wicked (DCLM Daily Manna 22 February 2021)
Text: Esther 9:13-19 (KJV)
13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this day’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.
14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman’s ten sons.
15 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand.
16 But the other Jews that were in the king’s provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,
17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
18 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.
Key Verse: “And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman’s ten sons.” – (Esther 9:14)
Agents of the devil always seem to press on with their deadly agenda, with the goal of exterminating the chosen of the Lord. But they fail at the end of it all.
Through the three days of fasting and prayer undertaken by Queen Esther, Mordecai and the Jews, God overturned the evil plot of Haman to destroy all the Jews in King Ahasuerus’ Empire. The Jews, through a counter decree, authorised by the king and written by Mordecai were given the right to self-defence. In our text, we see Esther making a further request of the king for Haman’s ten sons to be hanged and to give the Jews an extra day to deal with their enemies in Shushan. The requests were granted.
Many people live their lives as if there is no repercussion. “The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked” (Proverbs 3:33a). King Saul had killed the Gibeonites whom Joshua had spared and had sworn to keep alive. Saul’s seven sons were hanged as a result of his action (Joshua 9:14,15); (2 Samuel 21:6-9). Also, Jehu was instructed by God to destroy the house of Ahab for all the wickedness he had perpetrated in Israel.
The law of sowing and reaping applies to every action of men. “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil… but glory, honour and peace to every man that worketh good…” (Romans 2:9,10). Every believer must live with eternity in view by sowing seeds of kindness, love and mercy so that his posterity might profit thereby.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You will certainly reap the fruits of every good or evil seed you sow.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 13-16
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria. https://dclm.org/