When the first dinner was completed the King offered Esther ‘up to half the kingdom’ but she requests a repeat performance the following night. Whether God spoke to her or through her at that moment, we can certainly see God’s working during the later hours of that night when the sleep deprived king read of Mordecai’s act of valor and then gave Haman’s desired honor to Mordecai.
One commentator reveals Esther’s very delicate situation, for though Haman had constructed the evil law, the king had signed it. She now has to expose Haman without being accusatory and putting the king on the defensive while revealing her secret. Going before the king in spite of the law was a risk, but admitting she kept something from the king seems infinitely more personal.
Her interactions with the king change from ‘if I have pleased the king,” to the more personal “if I have found favor in your sight.”
She fell before the king in tears, this time specifically requesting his assistance, and revealing Mordecai’s relation to her.
Once again the king extended his scepter to her.
Haman was executed on the pole he planned for Mordecai, but Esther’s plea to revoke Haman’s law was not possible. Xerxes gave Mordecai the authority and complete latitude to write in the king’s name whatever would protect his queen and the Jewish nation. Scripture says, “so Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim.” Instead of war there was celebration:
Esther 8: 15-17 – in each and every province, and in each and every city, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.
Haman’s edict was set to take place at the time of Passover. Esther 9:1 : Now in the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar), on the thirteenth day when the king’s command and edict were about to be executed, on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary so that the Jews themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them.
I love how we also can be encouraged to celebrate with them: for Esther 9:27 tells us: “the Jews established and made a custom for themselves, and for their descendants, and for all those who allied themselves with them,
9. If we know Messiah, God’s destiny is within us
God is sovereign, no matter our circumstance. We can trust Him to provide the only protection that will cause the enemy’s planned disaster to pass over us.
Only trusting in God’s truth can we cast aside foolish pride like Haman’s, and depending on God’s wisdom, make the right decisions, unlike Xerxes.
We can like Mordecai, be unafraid, despite personal risk, to identify the enemy. Admitting we can do nothing in our own strength, we can bow before God in prayer and fasting like Esther, then confidently move ahead, trusting our destiny ‘s resolution to Yeshua Messiah – King of Kings.