TOPIC: GOD SHOWS UP AT THE RIGHT TIME
29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.
30 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth,
31 To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.
32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.
🔑📖KEY VERSE: “Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim” (ESTHER 9:29).
Purim is a Jewish festival held in the spring to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre the Jews as recorded in the book of Esther. It is celebrated by exchanging food and drinks and donating charity to the poor.
From out text, Esther was now enjoying her full rights as Queen and Mordecai now the Prime Minister over the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces under Ahasuerus’ kingdom. They wrote with all authority to the Jews of every language and clime confirming the celebration of Purim as days of national holiday. Under Mordecai, there was peace in the nations, and the Jews grew and prospered. The king also gave his full support to Mordecai and supported the Jews in every way he could.
It was very surprising and heart-warming that the Jews, who a few days earlier, were facing certain death and destruction threat under cruel Haman, were now, under the new regime of Mordecai celebrating and rejoicing. The divine Hand had so much changed their fate that many people were now desirous of sharing and believing in the God of the Jews. In a dramatic turn of events, those who were the enemies of the Jews were destroyed and humiliated.
The story of the happy Jews in our text can easily become your story. It does not take our God years and decades to change our situation and conditions for the better. He can remove all sicknesses and threats to your existence within a short period of time. He can remove tyrannical kings and rulers, and replace them with those who will pursue freedom, liberty, equality and humanity for everyone. No matter how many losses you have incurred and how much shame you have borne, our God is able to turn your shame into fame, your failure into success and your death into life.
✍🏽THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Cheer up!
📜THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:ISAIAH 9-12📜
USING YOUR AUTHORITY LIKE A KING?
1. The trio with state authority
a. Ahaseuerus was the maximum ruler of the empire in whom resided Þauthority of life and death.
b. Next to him was his lovely wife, Queen Esther who could influence the husband to do anything for her.
c. Mordecai too had a share of the state authority which no man can reverse once he exercised it, Esther 8:2, 8.
d. He and the queen Esther used this delegated authority to destroy all the enemies of the Jews, reverse the decree of Haman to kill all the Jews and instituted a national day of annual celebration for the victory of the Jews, Esther 8:9-11, 17;9:14,20,21.
What could have happened to the Jews if Mordecai and the Queen, for some reasons, shy away from exercising this delegated authority?
2. Our tested and sanctified authority
a. God has delegated His power of life and death, healings, deliverance, judgment on evils and evil workers to Jesus Christ, Who Himself has given the same undiminished authority to all the children of God, Matthew 28:18,19; 17:19, Luke 10:19.
b. Saints are priests and kings, Revelation 1:5,6; I Peter 2:5,6. Most believers accept and adopt the priestly responsibility of sacrifice of praise, prayers and preaching but negligent in their responsibility as kings. It is like standing with one leg.
c. Kings are expected to exercise authority and not to prove feeble, failing, fearful and falling in the presence of spiritual oppositions and attacks.
d. Read also Psalm 149:5-9 and see what God expects from the saints when applied spiritually.
d. Many Jews would have been mercilessly massacred and their destinies truncated were it not because Modecai and Esther decided to exercise their authority as representatives of the King.
e. The weakest saint with faith in the name of Jesus is expected to use his authority in the name of Jesus to confront, silence and destroy all the works and activities of the devils. “The word is in your mouth”.
1. Lord, give me the spirit of faith and boldness in the name of Jesus to always challenge and deal with all my challenges 🙏
2. Lord, give me the anointing to be exercising authority without feebleness, fear or faithlessness 🙏
3. Lord, let the authority in the name of Jesus level all mountains in the life of every participant at the coming global crusade 🙏
4. Lord, help me to live and reign like a king. 🙏
SWEET IS THE PROMISE
1.. Sweet is the promise I will not forget thee,
Nothing can molest or turn my soul away;
E’en though the night be dark within the valley,
Just beyond is shining an eternal day.
I will not forget thee or leave thee,
In My hands I’ll hold thee,
In My arms I’ll fold thee,
I will not forget thee or leave thee;
I am thy Redeemer, I will care for thee.
2. Trusting the promise I will not forget thee,
Onward I will go with songs of joy and love,
Though earth despise me,
Though my friends forsake me,
I shall be remembered in my home above.
3. When at the golden portals I am standing,
All my tribulations, all my sorrows past;
How sweet to hear the blessèd proclamation,
Enter, faithful servant, welcome home at last. Refrain