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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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The short closing chapter of Esther begins with a sure sign that in spite of the crisis and subsequent war, some things in Persia were still the same. King Ahasuerus imposed tax increases across the land and on the islands. Was this an effort to generate the funds he never received through Haman? Maybe, but more likely it was a symptom of the king simply looking out for his favorite person—himself.


Mordecai’s credentials are affirmed and we are reminded that they are recorded in the official chronicles of the Medes and the Persians. Mordecai did not seek power, and did not allow his power or position to poison his mind with pride, like Haman his predecessor. God placed a good man in a position of influence, and blessed not only the Jewish people through this act, but also the entire Persian Empire.  His affirmation is deserved.


The final chapter does not mention Esther’s name.  We are left to presume that the rest of her time as queen went much like the first five years. After averting a terrible crisis, she was still married to the same man. Mordecai still looked out for her, protecting her. Only now, he could do it from inside the court, instead of the courtyard. We don’t know if Esther had children, grew old, or died happy. We only know her during one part of her life—her bravest and most difficult—and perhaps that is best. We got to know her at her finest hour. 


Jean Boonstra
Voice of Prophecy