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The Man Who Stood Part XIV

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Part XIV

The Man Who Stood


When Cyrus took Babylon he allowed and helped the Jews to return to their homeland. Not all returned, many stayed in Babylon, now called Persia, where they had homes, families, jobs and businesses.

Years after the return, in the capital Shushan, the Queen offended the king, Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus's counsellors advised him to put her to death and bring fair, young virgins to the palace and choose a new queen from them. Among these was a Jewish girl, Esther. Her cousin, Mordecai and his wife raised her as her parents were dead. He told Esther not to tell anyone that she was Jewish. When it was Esther's turn to spend a night with the king he liked her and made her the new queen.

After a time, a couple of the kings servants planned to harm the king. Mordecai, one of the guards found out and told Esther. She, in turn, told the king. The men were found guilty and were hanged.

A very rich man named Haman was raised to power next to the king. He and the king were drinking buddies. The king told the guards to bow and to reverence Haman, the great man. Mordecai does not bow to Haman. The other guards asked why he does not. Mordecai tells them that he is a Jew and bows only to the creator, the God of Heaven. They told Haman and he flew into a rage and wanted to kill Mordecai, but, instead he decided that he would kill all the Jews in the whole of Persia.

Haman devised a plan, went to the king and told him that there was a people in his great kingdom that did not abide by the king's laws. They were different and it was not in the kings best interest to let them be. Haman suggested that they all should be done away with. The king asked questions and told Haman to get rid of these people. The scribes wrote to all the leaders in the whole realm from Ethiopia to India, all 127 provinces. This letter instructed the leaders as to the exact date on which they were to kill all the Jews, young and old, and take their property for themselves. The letters were sealed with the kings ring (which Haman had). The letters were sent out by the kings post. Satan was using Haman to destroy all of God's people and to do away with the knowledge of God (so that Satan could be the ruler of Earth).

The letters also went into the city of Shushan. Mordecai got one and informed Esther of the plot. Mordecai asked Esther to go to the king with the problem. She said that she had not seen the king in 30 days (he had all the other women too). At that time their was a law that stated that when someone came into the king's presence they would be killed unless the king held out his sceptre to them. Mordecai told her that she would not be spared simply because she was his wife. He then said “but you have come to kingdom for such a time as this.” She said, “if the Jews would fast and pray for her she would go in and if I perish, I perish. I will go.”

The third day she went to the king and when he saw her he held out his sceptre to her. She touched it so the king asked, “what do you want queen Esther?” She replied, “I would like you and Haman to come to a party of wine I have prepared for you.”

They came and when asked what she wanted she asked them to come again tomorrow and then she would tell him. The Holy Spirit had told her that this was not the time but tomorrow.

Haman went to his house told his wife and friends what a great man he was and of the party tomorrow. He said, “all this gives me no real joy as long as I see Mordecai stand.” His wife and friends told him to build a gallows 50 feet high and in the morning see the king then hang Mordecai then go with a merry and joyful heart to the party. He had the gallows built, so now the stage was set for the destruction of God's people. But when man has done his very worst, God always adds another chapter as he very often does. Where are we today?


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