Esther 8:15-17 and God’s Grace Reverses Everything

Tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan, Iran.

Tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan, Iran.

In the Book of Esther we can see how God can reverse everything. Of course God is never mentioned in this book, so it actually reads a lot like how people live their lives today–faithful people doing what they can, acting and reacting according to their beliefs, while God is at work. No prophets to perform miracles. No messengers from God to declare, “Thus saith the Lord.” Just ordinary people who fast and pray.

Throughout this story there is the enemy of the People of God, Haman, who wants to destroy all of the Jewish people in the empire, a region spanning India to Ethiopia. It is a time of remorse and terror. The Jewish people huddle together to fast and pray while it seems that they will be wiped off the face of the earth.

Then, God acts through Mordecai and Esther to save the people and protect them. Haman is thrown down, Mordecai is raised up, and there is great rejoicing:

Mordecai went out from the king’s presence in a blue and white royal robe wearing a large gold crown and a white and red-purple coat. The city of Susa greeted him with shouts of joy.  For the Jews it was a day of light, happiness, joy, and honor.  In every province and in every town—wherever the king’s order and his law arrived—for the Jews it was a day of happiness and joy. For them it meant feasts and a holiday. Many people in the land became Jews themselves, out of fear of the Jews.

Everything is reversed, including one major point–more people become Jewish. People convert to Judaism. Haman wanted to destroy all the Jews and instead the population grew! Of course this is why the Lord acts in history–so that people will know that he is the only God and will become his people. Israel was created to be a kingdom of priests, bearing the Lord to the whole earth. This is fulfilled in the Church, which has an explicit mandate to share who God is with the whole world.

This was a dire situation for the Jewish people, and God’s grace completely reversed it to the point where people even converted to become part of the covenant people of God. Whatever problems or evils you may be experiencing in your life, God can reverse it as well. Pray, and get a group of people together to pray with you and for you. God’s grace can and will do mighty things.

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