Esther 3: Faith in Tough Times
In Esther 3, we see part of the reason that Esther might not have wanted to say that she was Jewish. Haman, one of the favorites of king Ahasuerus, could not stand the fact that Mordecai would not bow to him. He was so upset in fact that he asked the king if he could eradicate every Jewish person in the kingdom.
Est 3:8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.
Est 3:9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.
Obviously, Haman was really mad at Mordecai, and that is a lot of why he ordered this massacre. However, part of me also thinks that he really must not have liked Jewish people to begin with. If there was indeed this kind of culture at the high levels of government, there is no doubt that must have been a little bit frightening for Esther (which explains a little bit about what I talked about yesterday).
I think that when you read this in the Bible, you might be wondering where God was. You might be wondering why He allowed this kind of hatred to begin to develop. At this point in the chapter, nothing has happened yet in terms of violence, but the Jewish people must have wondered if they were going to be brutally attacked. That is nevertheless a frightening time.
As we will find out, God did not abandon the people, but we have the benefit of hindsight. We know what is going to happen (if you read ahead of me), but the people that had to live entirely by faith.
You know, especially in times like that but really all of the time, it is good that we have a God that loves all of us and never fails. It brings us hope in tough times, and it gives us a solid foundation for that faith.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.