Esther 8: The Perfect Protection
With Haman out of the picture, the Jewish people were in a much better position in Esther 8. However, Esther knew that more work needed to be done. Previously, Haman’s command to exterminate all of the Jews had gone out all over the kingdom, so now it needed to be reversed. She asked king Ahasuerus to send out another letter reversing that order.
He went farther than that.
Est 8:7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.
Est 8:8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.
He basically gave Esther and Mordecai free reign to write whatever they wanted and the authority to make it permanent, so here is what they wrote.
Est 8:10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus’ name, and sealed it with the king’s ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:
Est 8:11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,
Basically, under this agreement, it seems as if the Jewish people had unlimited self-defense. They did not have the power to initiate violence which is probably a good thing, but they did have the power to protect themselves if anyone came at them.
Of course, as we find out later in the chapter, the Jewish people were really happy and relieved when they find out about this new protection that they had been granted. People like to have the power to defend themselves.
Unfortunately, we can’t protect ourselves from everything even with all of the best laws in the world. With this law in place, the Jewish people were a lot more protected than they had been, but it was definitely not a perfect system. No humans organization can possibly be.
It is a good thing that we have a perfect Shepherd who can offer us perfect protection.
Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.