Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
The king of Persia promoted Haman above all the princes in his kingdom. “Haman said There is a certain people scattered abroad…their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws” (Est. 3:8). The king took off his ring and handed it to Haman. He made a law and sealed it with the king’s ring. This law stated that on a certain day all the Jews in his kingdom should be killed.
Haman’s anger fueled up because Mordecai did not bow to him. He learned Mordecai was a Jew. Therefore, he went to the king to have all the Jews killed.
Queen Esther feared to come before the king because he had not called her for thirty days. She faced the death penalty if he failed to hold out the golden sceptre to her.
King Ahasuerus had chosen Queen Esther. A Jew, in her position she had the opportunity to plead for her people.
Mordecai, her uncle and stepfather, sent word to her of the decree to kill the Jews. When she related her fears to him, he sent her this answer. “Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Est. 4:14). This decree endangered Esther as well as the other Jews.
Many have heard of her courage in going before the king. She trembled, and when he saw her, “She obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre” (Est. 5:2).
King Ahasuerus asked Queen Esther, “What is your request?” She invited the king and Haman to a private banquet. The king and Haman were invited to three banquets prepared by Queen Esther.
Haman saw Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate, and his anger bubbled within him. He told Zeresh, his wife, about the banquet, and of Mordecai. “Build a hangman’s noose for Mordecai,” she suggested. This pleased Haman and he had one built.
That night the king could not sleep. He had the record book read to him. He learned how Mordecai had saved his life. He called Haman into him. He asked Haman what to do for the man he desired to honor. Haman thought, The king wants to honor me.” Then the king ordered him to honor Mordecai. Haman obeyed, and afterwards went home mourning. While he talked with his wife, he was brought to Esther’s third banquet.
The king again asked, “What is thy petition, Queen Esther?” She said, “Let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish.” (Est. 7:3-4).
King Ahasuerus said, “Who is he that would do such a thing?”
Then Queen Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman” (Est. 7:6). Then Haman shook with fear before the king and the queen. King Ahasuerus had Haman hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. The king granted the Jews the right to defend themselves.
When we trust the Lord and hope in Him, He will give us courage as He did Queen Esther. Our chief enemy is Satan and his imps. God is greater than he is, and He lives within each believer. Our times are in His hand, and He makes His face to shine on those who hope in Him. God’s goodness is great toward all who fear Him and trust in Him. “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” verse 20.
Let us love the Lord. We show our love by our love toward others. The Lord preserveth the faithful” verse 23.
When you hope in Him, He will make you brave, and strengthen your heart.
Lynn and Leon, her beloved husband, served as missionaries to the Navajo Indian for several years. After God took her honey to Heaven, He called her to write for Him. Many of her articles found publication, and two Sunday School curriculum packages. Ambassador International published her first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. More information is available at www.writingfrommyheart.com.