ESTHER: FROM RAGS TO RICHES. { DAY 10 }

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READ: Esther 8:1-17, ESV

“Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor. ” {Esther 8:15-16, ESV}

Don’t you just love a good rags to riches story? Hollywood knows such stories captivate our minds and stir our hearts. Books are full of such subject matter. Even our news shows love to highlight such stories. The idea of someone with nothing, someone broken and in despair, being raised up and showered with good things, gives us all a little tingle of hope, doesn’t it?

Rags to riches stories are wonderful, yet, there are no other rags to riches story quite like the one we find in Esther chapter 8. In fact, it’s not just a rags to riches story; it’s a story of life and death and of deep faith in the sovereignty of God.

We begin chapter eight with the knowledge that the evil ruler Haman is dead—hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. We then quickly learn that not only has Esther found great favor with the king, but that Mordecai has been presented with the king’s signet ring—a symbol that he not only has the king’s favor but that he can even do the king’s bidding.

Mission accomplished, time to lower the curtain, right?

Well…not quite yet. There is still the very real and catastrophic problem of the unchangeable degree King Xerxes had already signed, commanding that all the Jews to be killed. Unwilling to claim any victory apart from the complete protection of her people, Esther once again goes before the king to plead for the lives of God’s chosen people.

Some amount of time has passed between Esther 8:2 and 8:3, most likely about two months, and Esther and Mordecai are alarmed that no new decrees have been issued protecting the Jews. So once again, although uninvited and at risk to her life, Queen Esther approaches the throne of her powerful husband.

The king, once again, allows her to come before him and listens to her plea.

“If it please the king, and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agate, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces. For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?” { Esther 8:5-6, NIV }

Don’t you just love how the king answers his brave queen? He basically tells her that she and Mordecai have his ring which means they can act on his behalf in whatever way they see fit. Wow! It was in their power to do something this whole time!

Esther and Mordecai waste no time making a new decree. While they cannot revoke the king’s original decree, they can give the Jews permission to defend themselves against any attacks that will come upon them. The new decree is signed, sealed and translated into every language and tongue. Royal horses and riders are dispatched to take the new life-saving news to the far reaches of the kingdom.

God’s people will not be destroyed. No evil plot of destruction will prevail.

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At the end of the chapter, we see Mordecai’s rise from the grief-stricken rags of sackcloth and ashes to the glorious riches of the king’s robes.

“Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.” { Esther 8:15-16, ESV }

Mordecai—dressed in royal garments, wearing a gold crown, and in possession of the king’s signet ring—celebrates with all the Jews. It is party time in Susa!

What Haman had sought for himself, the king granted to Mordecai.

What glorious truth for us all as we look forward to the day that the ruler of this world—the prince of darkness—will be destroyed, and we—God’s children—will be given riches beyond our wildest dreams. Satan is allowed to wreak havoc for awhile, but his rule is limited. His days are numbered.

The day is coming when God’s children will leave behind our tattered sinful rags, and be enveloped in His glorious robes of righteousness.

Robes not just given to us by The King, but the very robes of Jesus Himself placed over us, wrapping us in His righteousness.

God is, even right now, working on behalf of His children, just as He was in Esther’s time. And He is calling us to step out in faith “for such a time as this.” Maybe God is putting you in a position of influence so that you can speak out for righteousness. Maybe God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and follow Him. Will you answer His call and step out “for such a time as this?”

Believe it! Trust it! Live it!REFLECT:
  • What is God calling you to do that scares you, or takes you out of your comfort zone?
  • Do you believe that God has a purpose for your life?
  • Are you willing to follow God no matter the cost or risk?
PRAYER:

Lord, thank you for being willing to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for your kingdom. And while we may never be asked to save an entire nation from annihilation, we know that You can use us in both big and small ways to make a real difference in someone’s life. Give us eyes to see the needs of those around us, give us hearts that are filled with Your compassion and goodness, and grant us courage to follow You wherever You lead. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Image: Juan Galafa

Jennifer Bleakley
Jennifer Bleakley
I’m Jen, a wife of 18 years and mom of two—a teen boy and an almost tween girl. Born and raised in FL, I have called North Carolina home for the past 14 years, but am still a flip-flop girl at heart. I am passionate about studying, teaching, writing and speaking about the Bible, and the Hope found in Jesus. If I am not hanging with my family, tossing a ball for our golden retriever, or typing on my well-used computer, I am most likely buried under a mountain of laundry! I am excited to join you on this wonderful adventure through God’s Word.

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