God’s Protection – Esther 8-10

9:1 In the twelfth month (that is, the month of Adar), on its thirteenth day, the edict of the king and his law were to be executed. It was on this day that the enemies of the Jews had supposed that they would gain power over them. But contrary to expectations, the Jews gained power over their enemies. 9:2 The Jews assembled themselves in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to strike out against those who were seeking their harm. No one was able to stand before them, for dread of them fell on all the peoples. 9:3 All the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and those who performed the king’s business were assisting the Jews, for the dread of Mordecai had fallen on them. 9:4 Mordecai was of high rank1 in the king’s palace, and word about him was spreading throughout all the provinces. His influence2 continued to become greater and greater.

9:5 The Jews struck all their enemies with the sword, bringing death and destruction, and they did as they pleased with their enemies. 9:6 In Susa the citadel the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men. 9:7 In addition, they also killed Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, 9:8 Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, 9:9 Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vaizatha, 9:10 the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. But they did not confiscate their property.

9:11 On that same day the number of those killed in Susa the citadel was brought to the king’s attention. 9:12 Then the king said to Queen Esther, “In Susa the citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman! What then have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? What is your request? It shall be given to you. What other petition do you have? It shall be done.” – Esther 9:1-12

Not only does God have a sense of protection, but he will also provide ways out of dire situations.  The Jews were doomed.  The very law of the land allowed for them to be killed on a specific day of the year.  Yet, God had a plan that would not only allow the Jews to live, but it would place one of their own second only to the King and it would allow the Jews to defeat their enemies.  What Haman had intended to do for evil worked our for good.  This does not guarantee us that we will never be harmed as believers (just look at Dufar), but it does show us that God can and does protect his people.  It also leads me to a thought.

God used the powers of this world (the King) to bring protection to his people.  Does this say anything about what we should be doing as a nation and a world to protect the people of Dufar?

Heavenly Father,

We see great suffering surrounding us and we do nothing.  We see people dying every day for no other reason that they choose to believe in you.  Lord, help us to see what you would have us to do.  Help us to be people of action for your Kingdom.  I love you Lord.  Amen.

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