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August 16, 2022
Today’s reading: Esther 9:1-5
The invisible hand of God
We read in Esther 9:1-5:
1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them. 2 The Jews gathered together in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could withstand them, because fear of them fell upon all people. 3 And all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and all those doing the king’s work, helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. 4 For Mordecai was great in the king’s palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for this man Mordecai became increasingly prominent. 5 Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased with those who hated them.
The book of Esther never mentioned the word “God.” However, some scholars mentioned that the name of God is written in coded form throughout the book.
Nevertheless, I believe not mentioning “God” was deliberately done in this book to show how Yahweh works behind the scenes. Although not mentioned by name, we can see God’s hands all over the book of Esther.
He was the one who was arranging things in favor of Esther, Mordecai, and the Jewish people. Notice how God allowed Queen Vashti to rebel against the king, making way for Esther to enter the palace.
Both Esther and Mordecai received favor from the king. The Almighty delayed the plan of Haman to exterminate the Jews. Haman also didn’t kill Mordecai immediately.
In the same manner, Yahweh is still on His Throne supervising the affairs of men. Yes, God has a hands-off policy as of now, but He is working behind the scene to fulfill His purpose and work.
This world might not recognize God as the Supreme Ruler of this vast universe. However, that doesn’t change the fact that God is sovereign over all things. He is El Shaddai who will do whatever pleases Him.
So, in times when you feel like God isn’t there, remember the story of Esther. God is busy arranging things for you.
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