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Book of Esther- Week 8 – Day 4

October 23, 2014

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Scripture

Esther 9: 11-22

A report was brought to the king that same day. He was told how many men had been killed in the safest place in Susa. He said to Queen Esther, The Jews have killed 500 men. They destroyed them in the safest place in Susa. They also killed the ten sons of Haman there. What have they done in the rest of my territories? Now what do you want? I’ll give it to you. What do you want me to do for you? I’ll do that too.” ” If it pleases you,” Esther answered, ” let the Jews in Susa carry out today’s order tomorrow also. Stick poles through the dead bodies of Haman’s ten sons. Set them up where everyone can see them.” So the king commanded that it be done. An order was sent out in Susa. And the king’s men did to the bodies of Haman’s sons everything they were told to do. The Jews in Susa came together on the 14th day of the month of Adar. They put 300 men to death in Susa. But they didn’t take anything that belonged to those men. During that time, the rest of the Jews also gathered together. They lived in the king’s territories. They came together to fight for their lives. They didn’t want their enemies to bother them anymore. They wanted to get some peace and rest. So they killed 75,000 of their enemies. But they didn’t take anything that belonged to them. It happened on the 13th of Adar. On the 14th day they rested. They made it a day to celebrate with great joy. And they enjoyed good food. But the Jews in Susa had gathered together on the 13th and 14th. Then on the 15th they rested. They made it a day to celebrate with great joy. And they enjoyed good food. That’s why Jews who live out in the villages celebrate on the 14th of Adar. They celebrate that day with great joy. And they enjoy good food. They also give presents to each other on that day. Mordecai wrote down those events. He sent letters to all of the Jews all through the territories of King Xerxes. It didn’t matter whether the Jews lived nearby or far away. Mordecai told them to celebrate the 14th and 15th Days of the month of Adar. He wanted them to do it every year. Mordecai told the Jews to celebrate the time when they got rest from their enemies. That was the month when their sadness was turned into joy. It was when their sobbing turned into a day for celebrating. He wrote the letters to celebrate those days as times of joy. He wanted the people to enjoy good food.  He told them to give presents of food to one another. He also wanted them to give gifts to those who were poor.

 

Psalm 71:24

All day long my tongue will say that you have done what is right. Those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame. They have not be honored.

Observation

The Jews fought the hard fight of  protecting their own lives and lived according to what GOD said in not coveting other’s belongings. They deserve to have a feast to celebrate their achievements. They have worked hard and achieved what they have set out to get.

The Just are blessed while the wicked get their punishment.

Application

Everyone need to work towards spreading the Good news and also doing the right thing.  There will be a time for celebration after all the hard work has been done and paid off.

Prayer

Dear GOD,

help me be a messenger to spread your good news to the rest of the people around me. Let me be a living example of how great your love is and share with others the blessings that you have given me.

AMEN.

 

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