Let us begin to wind up our study of the book of Esther. We have studied it with the theme of ‘Providence’ in mind. We defined this word as the hand of God in the glove of my history while telling His story.
Our text is in verses 1 and 2 of Chapter 8, which says, “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. 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.” It is here that I see ‘The Blessings From Providence’.
I am afraid that we often see providence as our enemy. I wonder sometimes if we wouldn’t rather be left to luck and chance? My, it sure is a blessing to know we are in the hand of God’s providence who works all things according to the good pleasure of His own will. He has no ‘Plan B’, no ‘permissive will’, just ‘Plan A’ and the perfect will of God.
May we begin by looking at ‘The Position From This Blessing’. I am reminded that Paul tells us in Ephesians that we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ. Then he mentioned 18 times the phrase ‘in Christ’ is used. Paul said we have been chosen, made acceptable, redeemed, given an inheritance, forgiven, sealed, quickened, and made to sit in heavenly places in Him. That, my friend, is a position of great blessing. In Esther, Chapter 8, and verses 1-2a we find ‘The Ring Of This Position’. The ring of power is taken off the dead body of Haman (a picture of the law of sin and spirit of temptation) and is placed on the hand of Mordecai (a picture of faith). Sin and temptation have been rendered powerless over the child of God. How can it be? Faith has the ring on. In verse 2b I find ‘The Reigning Of This Position’. Mordecai now reigns over the house of Haman. John said, ‘For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, even our faith’. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. In 8:1 Esther told what Mordecai ‘was to her’. She is sharing her faith with the king. When faith is ringed and reigning you will tell it wherever you go.
In Chapters 8, verses 3, 10 and 11, we are told of ‘The Pressures In The Blessing’. Although providence has made us more than conquerors we must realize how this battle is to be fought. In 8:3 we are confronted with ‘A Lesser Law’. Esther asks the king to sit aside the law to destroy all the Jews that Haman had enacted. The king said whenever he made a law it could not be revoked. Paul said the law of sin is constantly working against him to bring him into captivity. In fact that law of sin was so strong Paul cried, ‘O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death’. In 8:10-11 and 9:2-4 we find ‘A Higher Law’. Although the king could not do away with the lesser law he could enact a higher law. There is a law of gravity that says whatever goes up must come down. This law has kept many folks from any thought of flying. If you go over to the airport you will find they have discovered a higher law called the law of Aerodynamics, which causes a plane to defy gravity and fly. Although the law of sin will continue to try and bring us down it is but a lesser law. Faith has laid hold to a higher law. When that law is reckoned upon we walk in constant victory. Paul said, ‘For the law of the Sprit of Christ hath made me free from the law of sin and death.’ We cannot know the law of Christ over the law of sin without being in the hand of God’s providence while He is telling His story through my history.