Monday, February 17, 2014

Lessons from Esther: Relationships revealed

1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. 2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. Esther 8:1-2

Esther “comes clean” before the king and explains that Mordecai is her cousin. Ahasuerus has an immediate liking to Mordecai, remembering his deed of saving the king’s life.

The king removes his ring and gives it to Mordecai. Jamieson, Fausett and Brown commentary: “By that act transferring to him all the power and authority which the ring symbolized, and promoting him to the high dignity which Haman had formerly filled.”

Mordecai is given the position of “second in command”. He is also given the “house of Haman” to oversee and manage the estate and property.

This might seem to be the “end of the story” but more is yet to come.  There is only nine months before the Jews will be attacked, according to the original decree. Join me the next time to find out what happens.

Have a blessed day,

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