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Esther 9

Esther Bible Study Week 9

Good morning and Happy Wednesday! Let’s dive on into Esther 9:1-19:

  1. Today we see the Jews destroy their enemies, and I am not gonna lie, it’s always a little hard for me to read about them killing 75,000 men. Maybe because we only read details about Haman’s hatred and not about how they were treated by others – regardless, they clearly had the need to defend themselves.
  2. On the 13th day of the 12th month all of the Jews in Persia, both in the citadel of Susa and in the provinces, gained mastery over those who hated them.
  3. Did you wonder why Esther asked for an additional day for the people living in Susa? It is possible that on the 13th they were dealing with the haters in the royal district of Susa and they needed the 14th to deal with the rest of the city. So those in the provinces celebrated on the 14th day and those in Susa celebrated on the 15th day.
  4. Did you notice a repeated phrase throughout this chapter? Whenever something is repeated in scripture it means we need to pay attention. “But they laid no hands on the plunder,” is repeated 3 times – there must be a reason. And if they were so adamant about not taking plunder, why did Mordecai include that in the edict? I think he included it not because he wanted the Jews to plunder, but because that clause was in Haman’s original decree and Mordecai was reversing the entire thing. 
  5. So, why didn’t they take the plunder that the king’s edict granted them? It goes back to the fact that Haman was an Agagite (Esther 3:1). In other words, Haman was a descendant of Agag, the king of the Amalekites (If you are not familiar with King Saul and the mistake he made with Agag head over to 1 Chronicles 15 and check it out). When God sent Saul to deal with the Amalekites He told him not to take the plunder and since they were not permitted to take plunder in God’s original decree neither did they take plunder now.

So, what did you think? What did God reveal to you as you journaled this week? Is there something God has told you to do that you’re ignoring as Saul did? I can’t wait to read your thoughts and see your journaling! #farmgirljournalsesther

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