Bible Study Notes on Esther 8 – 20160906

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Esther 8:2  “…king took off his signet ring…gave it to Mordecai…”
King transfers what he had given to Haman to Mordecai.  Would be elevating Mordecai to Haman’s position.  Doesn’t mention it, but seems to me it gives credence to the idea that Mordecai already had some form of office in the king’s court.

3-4  “…fell down at his feet…Esther arose and stood…”
She begins her plea by begging at his feet, but he immediately has her rise.  I think her loyalty and faithfulness to him and her position haven’t gone unnoticed by the king.  His response to her has always been with acceptance and affection.

5  “…let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman…”
According to the tradition of the Persians, this won’t be possible.  They won’t be able to revoke the action, but will need to find a way around it.

7-8  “…King Ahasuerus said…You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews…whatever is written in the king’s name…no one can revoke”
The king explains what the situation is, but gives Esther and Mordecai permission to handle the situation any way they see fit.  They now have the backing, authority, and power that Haman had when he issued the destruction decree.

11  “…permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives…”
The way around the first decree, allow the Jews to legally defend themselves from physical attack.  Original decree was still in play, but now the Jews and everyone else knows that anyone who follows the first decree will face direct opposition.  May change a few minds, but if not, at least gives the Jews a fighting chance.

12  “…thirteenth day of the twelfth month…”
Same as the original decree.  New decree is not one of vengeance, but of defense.  Those attacked could destroy their enemies and take their possessions, but they would only be acting in self defense.

15  “…royal apparel of blue and white…”
Current colors of the flag of the nation of Israel.  Wonder if that is a coincidence or if it has significance.  Commentary suggests the significance was to the Persians, but I still find it interesting.

17  “…many of the people of the land became Jews…”
Apparently many did change their minds about trying to attack the Jews.  We’re not told, but I’m sure this was an excellent opportunity for faithful Jews to tell others about the one true God.  Not only would the Jews have others’ attention because of the fear, but all could see the providence of God when they learned the whole story.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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