Devotions from the book of Esther
Esther 9:29-10:3 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. (10:1) And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea. (2) And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? (3) For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.
God’s will has been completed. Esther and Mordecai were willing to do whatever God needed them to do. Because they were willing, God was able to use them to save an entire nation of people. Meanwhile, Haman did not want to honor God. Because of Haman’s sin, thousands of people were killed. Who do you honor today? Do you want to serve God? Are you willing to do whatever God may want you to do? Sometimes, it will be hard. Sometimes, people will give you a hard time for serving God. Are you willing to serve Him despite all of this?
Esther 9:23-28 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them; (24) Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; (25) But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. (26) Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them, (27) The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year; (28) And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.
What did Haman’s sons do to deserve to die? Did we read any account of them doing anything to the Jews? To Mordecai? To Esther? No, we didn’t. Still, these ten sons were hanged. Why? Have you ever considered how one little sin might affect many people? Haman’s sin resulted in thousands of people being killed, including his ten sons. Is your little sin worth it? You can choose your sin, but you cannot choose the consequences.