Esther Chapter Eight part 4, A study of Esther 8:11, Esther 8:12 & 13, and Esther 8:14 including our Common Man's Commentary

Esther 8:11

"The king's edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate any armed force that might attack them and their women and children; and to plunder the property of their enemies." NIV translation

There were three parts to the order that Mordecai wrote on behalf of the king. The Jews were given the right to gather together, defend themselves, and gain the victory of their enemies. We remember that the number three is associated with the display of God's will and here His will has consistently been to take care of His children. That same promise goes for us today and we can walk in victory because, through Jesus Christ, this same type of order has been issued on our behalf. 

As His children, God wants us to gather together to help each other defend against the attacks of the enemy which is the devil. He has also given us the victory and the spoils from the battle both today and in the future as we are joint heirs with Jesus of this earth and everything in it. It is time for us to lift up our heads and to walk in that victory as the royal family that we are in Jesus Christ.

Esther 8:12 & 13

"The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies." NIV translation

God's timing is always perfect and we see that in these events. Adar is always the last (twelfth) month of the Jewish year and here we see that the Jews could defend themselves in this month.

In the following month (the first month of the year) the passover is celebrated and during this time the people remember that God delivered them. 

We all should ask ourselves a question: What month are we in spiritually? Are we in the last month (our old lives) where we are doing things in our own strength or are we in the first month (new life) where we trust in God?

Esther 8:14

"The couriers, riding the royal horses, raced out, spurred on by the king's command. And the edict was also issued in the citadel of Susa." NIV translation

The king issued the command but it would not have done any good if the men on the horses had not done their part in taking it to the people. This is the same with us today in that God has issued the command that everyone who believes in His Son Jesus Christ shall be saved. But, it is up to us as the saints to tell the people about it. We also notice that they went on the royal horses and not by walking or their own transportation. This is a reminder that, as we go out proclaiming the gospel of Jesus, we must go in His power through the Holy Spirit. The third point we see in this verse is that the command was also posted in the citadel of Susa. This reminds us that our part in sharing the good news begins at home. There are many people that say they would go to some other land and boldly share the gospel but, if you are not doing it in your hometown, you are not prepared to go and speak anywhere else.

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