“If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life – this is my petition. And spare my people – this is my request.” (Esther 7:3)
Queen Esther has long been known as a great hero of the faith because of her willingness to go before the king and selflessly risk her life on behalf of her people. Haman, the enemy of the Jews, had successfully plotted their complete annihilation which would soon be carried out. His hatred of Esther’s people could only be placated by wiping them off the face of the Earth.
Although the punishment for approaching the king’s throne without being summoned was death, Esther boldly falls before him to petition for the lives of her people. Because she had found favor in his eyes, the king grants her life and furthermore agrees to do whatever she asks. In a series of seeming coincidences, Haman, the great enemy, was destroyed and the Jewish people had life, honor and peace restored to them.
Interestingly, God Himself is never explicitly mentioned in the entire book of Esther. Yet His hand is clearly seen in the events that play out for the salvation of His chosen people and ultimately the salvation of all mankind through the Messianic Promise. The “coincidences” that occur are nothing other than Divine Providence working out of love for God’s children. Because Esther and the other people of Israel look to God in faith for mercy and salvation, they are saved from the terrible fate that had been plotted for them.
Like Esther and her people, we have all been doomed to destruction by a powerful enemy whose hatred for us cannot be quenched by anything other than our eternal damnation. Satan has built a gallows just for us, and his snare of sin would assuredly have led us into death and hell. But thanks be to God for One who has found favor in His sight – Jesus Christ – who goes before Him on our behalf, willing to suffer death for the sake of our safety. By His noble sacrifice, the tables have been turned on our enemy, and Satan has been cast down even as we are raised up in life, honor and peace with God.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank and praise You for delivering me from my enemies – sin, death, and the Devil – through the precious sacrifice and glorious triumph of Jesus Christ, Your Son, my Lord. Amen.