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When Things Don't Go Your Way
Esther 1 & 2
Esther was part of a nation of people who had been mistreated. Satan’s plan has always been ethnic cleansing for the Jews. The leaders of Nazi Germany feared the power of the Book of Esther so much that they banned the reading of the book. For much of history, anti-Semitism plagued the world, as hate-filled and cunning enemies sought to destroy the apple of God’s eye. This hatred of the Jews has resulted in the death of millions, as well as families separated, enslaved and destroyed. History chronicles many who desired the downfall of Israel including the ancient Egyptians, the Babylonians, Assyrians, Romans, Nazis, Neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan.
When Things Did Not Go the Nation’s Way
The Book of Esther reveals God’s solutions for His mistreated people. Every time there has been a holocaust God has brought His people back, restored their land, reordered the nation, revived their currency and language, and restructured the culture. In the end, the people who tried to destroy Israel only destroyed themselves! Shortly after the Romans leveled Jerusalem, the Roman Empire was destroyed. Following the atrocities of World War II, The United Nations gave Israel a homeland, while Germany lay divided and destroyed.
Scripture reads, “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord, I will repay” (Romans 12:19 KJV). Satan also wants ethnic cleansing for all Christians because we are grafted in as children of God. Satan would love to exterminate our influence, our testimony and ultimately our lives. The forces of evil fear the story of Esther because it is a prophecy of the doom of Satan in our lives. Satan is a liar and he is defeated!
When Things Did Not Go the King or Queen’s Way
The Book of Esther opens with a display by King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) who ruled the Persian Empire (Iran) from 485-465 BC. He was king over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia—a larger kingdom than either David’s or Solomon’s kingdoms! This king endured a disastrous defeat at the hands of the Greeks. History records that he was a man of weakness, tyrannical character and luxury.
In the opening verses, we read of Ahasuerus’ opulent six-month feast for leaders throughout the kingdom. Ahasuerus loved ostentation! He showed off everything—his army, his wealth, his palace and his beautiful queen, Vashti. Her very name meant “sweetheart,” even though her real name was Amestris. Maybe the king indulged his beautiful wife or maybe he abused her—history is silent about the details of their marriage.
We do know that something awful happened to this king and his sweetheart. She said no to the king and no to her husband. When ...
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