Revelation 15; Esther 6:14-8:17; Psalm 107:1-22
The time for the banquet arrived and Haman’s plot was exposed. He pleaded for his life, but then fell across Queen Esther on the couch. The solution of King Ahasuerus was that Haman must die and in a nice bit of irony, the gallows prepared for Mordecai were used to execute him. Esther finally revealed who Mordecai really was. “On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman.” (Esther 8:1-2) There was only one problem left. The edict against the Jews could still be carried out. The laws of the Medes and the Persians could not be revoked, even by the king who made them, but they could be counteracted. The king gave Mordecai permission to write an edict that would counteract the plan of Haman and so the Jewish people were given permission to protect themselves. The massacre would not happen. Haman planned great honor for himself; it went to Mordecai. Haman planned death for Mordecai and all Jews; he received the death sentence. The message here is that God protects His people. We may go through struggles. We are living in times when it seems like evil is winning. All that being said, God protects and provides for His people. The Book of the Revelation constantly reminds the saints in heaven who were killed for their faith that God’s way will win out in the end and they will be vindicated. Those who are being martyred for their faith today have the same assurance from God. Sometimes we go through times of great pain and great grief. Those we love and those we pray for may undergo great persecution, assuming that we love and pray for the persecuted church. God’s word in Revelation to the saints is “patience. God will vindicate you.” The Jews in Esther’s day had undergone all types of suffering and tribulation and with the threat of total annihilation hanging over their heads, God vindicated them. His word to us today continues to be “patience. God is in control.”
Lord, it is so easy to be upset over what is happening to Your people today. Your church is undergoing severe persecution in other countries. My brothers and sisters are dying or being enslaved because they follow You. It is hard to cry out for justice patiently. I need Your strength to do that. Even more, I pray for my brothers and sisters who are undergoing persecution in other lands. Protect them Lord. Vindicate them. Give them the patience and strength they need to be able to endure until Your vindication comes.