Prayer- Lord, open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
The King’s Edict in Behalf of the Jews
1 That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. 2 The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate.
3 Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews. 4 Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him.
5 “If it pleases the king,” she said, “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 Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces. 6 For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”
7 King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have impaled him on the pole he set up. 8 Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring—for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.”
This is actually a very interesting twist in this story. Xerxes had made a law-and sealed it. This means it couldn't be reversed. This created a situation.
To make things right, Haman's estate had been given to Esther. He wanted to do harm to her, so the estate was payment for that harm. The law couldn't be altered, so the Jews were still in great danger.
This is kind of like winning money in civil court after loosing a loved on. It's nice- but it is not a replacement.
Xerxes does allow Mordecai to write another law, in hopes this may save his people.
1. How in-flex able is the Persian law that can't be changed?
2. Are we like that at times?
3. What can Mordecai do to save his people?
Prayer- Lord, help us be open minded about our world. Give us the wisdom to see when we are wrong, and the strength to change it. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.