Insights on Today's Reading
Esther 6 - During the night after the luncheon with Esther, the king could not sleep. He asked for his journal to be read and it was found that Mordecai had saved the king's life. The king asked if any honor had been given to Mordecai and found out that nothing was done for him. When Haman came to see the king to have Mordecai hung, the king asked Haman what should be done for the man whom the king delighted to honor. Thinking it was for him, Haman gave the king a list of splendid things that should be done for such a man. The king ordered Haman to do those things for Mordecai! Haman did and went home ashamed! But then, the call came for Haman to join the king in Esther's quarters.
Esther 7 - During the banquet Esther pleaded with the king for his mercy on the Jews and for herself. When the king realized that Haman's plan would include Esther's death, the king was wroth with anger! When Haman tried to plead with Esther for his life by lying next to her the king had Haman immediately hung on the gallows he had built to hang Mordecai!
Esther 8 - Esther introduced Mordecai to the king and the king immediately promoted Mordecai to take Haman's place. Then the king asked them what he could do to circumvent his previous order. They asked the king to put forth a new order giving the Jews the chance to defend themselves when the attack would come. This obviously made the entire kingdom realize that the Jews were not important to the king.
Esther 9 - The day came when the enemies of the Jews, who thought they could overwhelm them, were soundly defeated by the Jews. All through the kingdom and certainly in the capital there was great victory for the Jews. A new day of celebration would be instituted in the Jewish calendar, the days of Purim when they would remember this deliverance.
Esther 10 - Both the king and Mordecai would be highly respected. Mordecai would become the 2nd ruler of the land, much like Joseph had experienced in Egypt in Genesis 41.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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