Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, but they were not robots. Endowed by the Creator with free will. They had the ability to make decisions independent of God.
Knowing His children would choose to disobey Him. The Lord designed beforehand a plan of redemption— Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. God so loved us that He chose to pay the ransom. Ensuring the release of His children from satan’s dominion and authority!
But this ransom is conditional. It is dependent upon His children exercising their free will.
Exercising one’s free will is not always easy or safe. Something Esther knew well. As a Jew married to a Babylonian king, Esther walked a tightrope daily.
Knowing this. Esther chose not be a passive bystander. Watching her fellow Jews lead to slaughter. After three days of prayer and fasting, Esther had a daring plan. One that would deliver her people from extermination.
Standing now in her royal robes in the inner court of the King’s palace. Esther was reminded of that first night when she had dressed to impress the king. She had found favor with the king once before. Today would be no different.
When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court. She obtained favor in his sight, and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter.
Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you.”
Esther said, “If it pleases the king. May the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”
Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly that we may do as Esther desires.”
So the king and Haman came to the banquet which Esther had prepared.
As they drank their wine at the banquet. The king said to Esther, “What is your petition. For it shall be granted to you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.”
So Esther replied, “My petition and my request is. If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and do what I request. May the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king says. Esther 5:2-8
Yes, all had gone well at the first banquet. Her husband still adored her and would do whatever she requested. And Haman— he had no clue Esther’s God had devised a plan that would destroy him, and the evil he had perpetrated.
The next day Esther awoke to the sounds of construction. She soon learned Haman had ordered gallows built. Intuitively Esther knew these gallows were for her father, Mordecai.
Knowing the Lord was faithful and trustworthy. If she did her part, He would do His and save those she loved.
Esther recalled the story of Joseph. Which was one of her favorites. Joseph like her was a Hebrew exiled in a foreign country. Keeping his ancestry a secret. He too had risen to national prominence.
If the Lord could take what was meant for evil in the life of Joseph and use it for good. Saving many people. He could and would do the same for her.
While supervising the preparations for the banquet. Esther received encouraging news. She could not help but smile as she listened to the servant’s account of Haman’s humiliation.
That night sleep escaped the king. So he ordered the book recording daily events to be brought and read to the king.
They found the written report of how Mordecai had informed on Bigthana and Teresh. Two eunuchs who guarded the king’s entrance. When they planned to assassinate King Ahasuerus.
The king inquired, “What honor and special recognition have been given to Mordecai for this act?”
The king’s personal attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.”
The king asked, “Who’s in the court?”
Now Haman was just entering the outer court of the palace. To ask the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows he had prepared for him.
The king’s attendants answered him, “See, Haman is standing in the court.”
“Have him enter,” the king ordered.
Haman entered, and the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king wants to honor?”
Haman thought to himself. “Who is it the king would want to honor more than me?”
Haman told the king. “For the man the king wants to honor. Have them bring a royal garment that the king himself has worn, and a horse the king himself has ridden. Which has a royal diadem on its head.
Put the garment and the horse under the charge of one of the king’s most noble officials. Have them clothe the man the king wants to honor. Parade him on the horse through the city square and proclaim before him. “This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor.”
The king told Haman, “Hurry, and do just as you proposed. Take a garment and a horse for Mordecai the Jew. Who is sitting at the King’s Gate. Do not leave out anything you have suggested.”
So Haman took the garment and the horse. He clothed Mordecai and paraded him through the city square. Crying out before him. “This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor.” Esther 6:1-11
The timing of these events could not have been more perfect, more divine. By the end of the day Haman would no longer be a threat to the Jewish people, Mordecai or her.
Later that evening the king and Haman came to feast with Esther. Once again while drinking wine. The king asked Esther, “Queen Esther, whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you seek, even to half the kingdom will be done.”
Queen Esther answered, “If I have obtained your approval my king, and if the king is pleased. Spare my life and my people. This is my desire. For my people and I have been sold out to destruction, death and extermination. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept silent. Indeed, the trouble wouldn’t be worth burdening the king.”
King Ahasuerus spoke up and asked Queen Esther, “Who is this, and where is the one who would devise such a scheme?”
Esther answered, ‘The adversary and enemy is this evil Haman.”
Haman stood terrified before the king and queen. Angered by this. The king arose from where they were drinking wine and went to the palace garden. Haman remained to beg Queen Esther for his life because he realized the king was planning something terrible for him.
Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the house. Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.
The king exclaimed, “Would he actually violate the queen while I am in the palace?”
As soon as the statement left the king’s mouth. Haman’s face was covered.
Harbona, one of the royal eunuchs said, “There is a gallows 75 feet tall at Haman’s house. That he made for Mordecai who gave the report that saved the king.”
The king commanded, “Hang him on it.”
They hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s anger subsided. Esther 7:1-10
Like Haman, satan wants all men to bow before him. Especially the children of God, and if they refuse. Then he will do whatever is necessary to annihilate them.
Satan is a blackmailer. Using guilt and accusations to extort from you the victory that is yours.
Christ’s resurrection nullified the consequences of sin and abolished spiritual death. God has declared you righteous by means of the blood of Christ. All the Lord’s resources are now at your disposal.
You are satan’s master. You have been given both the power and the authority— legal right to rule over him. But until you recognize and use this God given gift and responsibility. Satan and his demonic allies will continue to rule over you by subterfuge and deception.
You must be alert and on your guard. Stand firm in your faith. Your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things. Keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it. Act like men and be courageous. Grow in strength! Let everything you do be done in love. True love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Esther in her battle with evil had to stand firm in her faith. She had to choose whether to react in fear or to boldly and courageously implement God’s plan. To depend upon her personal attributes or the Lord’s wisdom to resolve the problem. Self-perseveration or sacrifice.
No doubt her husband’s love for her would have guaranteed her a temporary reprieve. But Esther knew that unless she boldly confronted Haman today. The evil he would perpetuate in the future would be more horrific. Perhaps inescapable.
As a believer you cannot be passive in the war with evil. Heed this warning of Jesus.
Anyone who isn’t with Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn’t working with Me is actually working against Me. Luke 11:23
You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow, and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:13-14
Now is the time, and today is the day. Walk through the narrow gate with the divine authority that is yours. Boldly declare to the enemy, I know the One in Whom I trust. I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return. 2 Timothy 1:12
Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.
“CHRIST is returning!”