Pastoral Commentary for Esther 9-10
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
The appointed day for the destruction of the Jews arrived but now that God had demonstrated His sovereign power, the enemies of the Jews found themselves in peril instead. Even the nobles of the Babylonian provinces stood with the Jews because of their fear. The enemies of God's people were killed, not only on the day appointed for Jews to die, but their self-defense was extended for another day. The bodies of Haman's sons were hung on gallows as a warning to any who might oppose God's people. Following their victory there was great joy and feasting among the exiles from Israel. In fact, those days became the Feast of Purim (named for the Pur, or the casting of the lots by which the day was chosen) because it could have been a time of great mourning, but instead it was a wonderful celebration of God's mercy by which the Jews were spared. Not only was Queen Esther used mightily by God to rescue his people, but her uncle Mordecai became second only to King Xerxes himself. All of this was by the hand of God, just as it had happened before for another Jew, Joseph, who was second only to the Pharaoh in Egypt. Thus, in the only book of the Bible where the name of God is never mentioned, the hand of God was powerfully at work, not only through His own people, Esther and Mordecai, but even through the Babylonian King Xerxes, for the good of God's chosen people Israel. We can thank God that He used Queen Esther to spare Israel, so that at the right time God could send His own Son to be the Messiah, the son of David. There may be times in your life when God seems absent and difficulties seem overwhelming, but the story of Esther can give you hope and confidence that God is at work even when you cannot see Him.