Friday, February 28, 2014

Lessons from Esther: The sons of Haman

And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men. :7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha, 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha, 10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand. 11 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king. 12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king's provinces? now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.  13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows. 14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons. 15 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand. Esther 9:6-15

The fighting continues, Jews everywhere are “fighting for their life”. Enemies of the Jews are falling rapidly. All of Haman’s sons are killed with many more of their countrymen.

Each of Haman’s sons is named in this portion of scripture. The death toll is getting higher. The king receives the number of deaths (500)and tells Esther. He also asks if she has any petitions, which he will grant.

Esther asks for the sons of Haman to be hanged on the gallows. She also asks for another day for her countrymen to fight. A total of eight hundred men were killed in Shushan, the city where the palace was located.

In all this, the Jews did not take any spoil, even though they were entitled to it according to the king’s decree.

The words of Psalm 118, though written by King David, fit in this section of Esther’s story.

5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. 6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? 7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. 8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. 10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. Psalm 118:5-10

Esther continued to trust God with every being of her life. We need to trust God with the details of our life.

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Psalm 9:10

... Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. Psalm 16:1

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

Join me next week as I finish Esther’s story.

Have a blessed day,

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