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Book of Esther- Week 8 – Day 5

October 24, 2014

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Scripture

Esther 9: 23-10:3

So the Jews agreed to continue the celebrating they had started. They kept doing what Mordecai had written to them. Haman was the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite. He had been the enemy of all of the Jews. He had planned to destroy them. He had cast the lot to destroy them completely. The lot was also called pur. But the king had found out about Haman’s evil plan. So the king had sent out written orders. He had ordered that the evil plan Haman had made against the Jews should come back on his own head. He had also commanded that Haman and his sons should be put to death. Poles should be stuck through their dead bodies. The days the Jews were celebrating were called Purim. Purim comes from the word pur. Pur means ” lot”. Now the Jews celebrate those two days every year. They do it because of everything that was written in Mordecai’s letters. They also do it because of what they had seen and what had happened to them. So they established it as a regular practice. They decided they would always observe those two days of the year. They would celebrate in the required way. And they would celebrate at the appointed time. They and their children after them and everyone who joined them would always observe those days. The days should be remembered and celebrated. They should be remembered by every family for all time to come. They should be celebrated in every territory and in every city. The Jews should never stop celebrating the days of Purim. Their children after them should always remember those days.

So Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, wrote a second letter. She wrote it together with the Jew Mordecai. They wanted to give their full authority to this second letter about Purim. Mordecai sent letters to all of the Jews in the 127 territories of the Kingdom of Xerxes. The letters had messages of kindness and hope in them.

The letters established the days of Purim at their appointed times. They spoke about what the Jew Mordecai and Queen Esther had ordered the people to do. Everything should be done in keeping with the directions of the Jews had set up for themselves and their children after them. The directions applied to their times of fasting and sadness. Esther’s order established the rules about Purim. It was written down in the records.

King Xerxes required people all through his kingdom to bring him gifts. He required gifts from its farthest shores. All of his powerful and mighty acts are written down. That includes the whole story of how important Mordecai was. The king had given him a position of great honor. All of those things are written in the official records of the kings of Media and Persia.

Esther 10:3

The Jew Mordecai’s position was second only to the position of King Xerxes. Mordecai was the most important Jew. All of the other Jews had the highest respect for him. That’s because he worked for the good of his people. And he spoke up for the benefit of all of the Jews.

 

Observation

It was indeed a time for celebration and marking down the moment in writing. The Jewish people had a great and respected leader in Mordecai who looks out for their interest. He worked hard to help his people obtain peace and prosperity.

Application

It is important for us to be a positive influence to others and take into consideration what we are able to do for the benefit of mankind. To be a pillar of strength and leading by example.

 

Prayer

Dear GOD,

help me be positive in my approaches towards life and work hard to becoming a better Christian.

AMEN

 

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