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All Because of Mordecai
We are going to survey chapters 8, 9, and 10 as we conclude our study in the book of Esther. This has been a most unusual and interesting study for me and we have called this overall series "The Queen and I." Learning the lessons from Queen Esther about the providence of God and how God's providence operates behind the scenes, many times beyond our understanding and our awareness. God is at work. The simple definition of the providence of God I have given to you is that the providence of God is the hand of God in the glove of history.
I'm not going to deal with all of these verse, but try to just give you the essence of these verses. Just get to the meat of the coconut, so to speak and draw the lessons for us.
Haman, the great enemy of the Jews is out of the way. He has been hanged upon the gallows which he prepared for Mordecai. There is still a problem that remains that has to be addressed. There is a problem which must be faced in the concluding chapters in our study of Esther. You may recall that through the manipulation of Haman, the king had issued a decree stamped with his own ring which declared that all of the Jews of the empire were to be destroyed. It is estimated that there were about 15 million Jews in that province in all of the kingdom. So it meant that for several months the Jews have been under a sentence of death.
In those days when a king made a decree it was irreversible. It could not be set aside. It was the laws of the Meades and the Persians and it could not be changed. So here is Haman, the enemy of the Jews, has been destroyed, but the decree of death is still settled like a gloom over the Jewish people and over the entire empire.
How God solves this problem and how God works this out to bring deliverance and redemption to the Jewish people is the substance of one of the exciting stories in all of the Bible.
I want to draw some spiritual applications for you from thes ...
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