Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 16 - Esther 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Esther 9. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The Jews definitely had their enemies, those who wished to destroy them. Yet they had someone great on their side: the king, with all his resources. With the king for them, it didn't matter who was against them. And on the day that was supposed to mark their annihilation, they had victory.
  • In this chapter, we also see that Esther will settle for nothing less than complete victory. She asks the king's permission to have Haman's sons killed.
  • This chapter ends with celebration. The Jewish holiday, Purim, is established and it still exists today. It's a celebration of feasting, costumes, games and music.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Like the Jewish people in the book of Esther, we have our own enemies to deal with...although it's probably not a decree that was written to annihilate us...but it might feel that way. In this chapter we see the strength and power of the king. With the king supporting the Jewish people, no one can stand against them. 
  • The same is true for us.  Our king is God. And with God on our side, we have nothing to fear.
  • The end of this chapter is a beautiful reminder of remembering God's goodness.  Too often we forget all of the good things God has done for us and to make sure that didn't happen, days were set aside (that are still observed today) for the sole purpose to remember and celebrate God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How would it change your perspective on your day, your week, your life, if you began looking for the things to celebrate...to be thankful for? Like Esther set aside a day every year, set aside a time everyday...maybe just 5 minutes...to look around you and find the things to be grateful for. Write them down. Remember them. And when you look back, you will celebrate, too.