Esther 9:1 - 19
ESV - 1 Now in the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's command and edict were about to be carried out, on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, the reverse occurred: the Jews gained mastery over those who hated them. 2 The Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could stand against them, for the fear of them had fallen on all peoples.
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This passage in Esther has direct implications for us as Christians today. Just like the Jews at that time, an "edict of death" has been issued against us due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden. The king in Esther's time was unable to undo the edict, but he did have the power to issue a "counter-edict" that could save the lives of the Jews, enabling them to stand up to their enemies and to overcome them. For us today, Jesus' death on the cross enables us to overcome death and to fight the spiritual forces that attempt to quench our spiritual growth. What we need to remember is that our fight now is not against people, but against evil powers and principalities: Eph. 6:12 says, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." When we encounter people who seem evil or who seem to be fighting against us in some way spiritually, prayer is really the best way to overcome whatever evil we see in them. I hope this helps.
Esther 9:1-19 is there for us to read, but not there for us to apply to every day life today. It is a story of what happened in that day. We Christians far too often read something in the Hebrew Bible and try to mold it into a path to follow now, or teach it as something we must take into consideration. That is a misinterpretation and misapplication of scripture. The Pauline Epistles contain everything we Christians need to know about functioning in today's world in accordance with the Will of God.
The entirety of God's holy word is there for we Christians to follow, whether OT or NT. The many Godly examples of the OT books are there for our instruction also. The many prophecies of Christ! The Old Testament also contains numerous lessons for us through the lives of its many fallible characters such as Esther. So, Esther and all the other OT books are there for us to not just read but are examples of how to live our lives as Kelli mentions above. ROMANS 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Without the OT the NT wouldn't make any sense.
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