Dave Burnette's Commentary

Esther Chapter 8

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Mordecai
Date Penned: (470 BC)
Overview: God's Sovereignty and Power Through Esther's Life (c 1-10)
Theme: Esther Intercedes For the Jews (c 5-8)
Message: The King Makes a Decree for the Jews (1-17)

Esther 8 Commentary

(8:l-7) Rewards on Earth - While we should not expect earthly rewards for being faithful to God, they often come--and in unexpected ways. Esther and Mordecai were faithful, even to the point of risking their lives to save others. They were willing to give up everything, and God rewarded them in proportion to their all-out commitment in ways they could not have foreseen.

(8:8) The King's Permission - Haman's message had been sealed with the king's signet ring and could not be reversed, even by the king himself. It was part of the famed "law of the Persians and Medes." Now the king gave permission for whatever other decree Mordecai could devise that would offset the first without actually canceling it.

(8:12) A Failed Plot - This was the day set by Haman for the extermination of the Jews (33).

(8:15-17) A Long Term Commitment - Everyone wants to be a hero and receive praise, honor, and wealth. But few are willing to pay the price. Mordecai served the government faithfully for years, bore Haman's hatred and oppression, and risked his life for his people. He was faithful in obscurity. The price to be paid by God's heroes is long-term commitment to him, whether or not they receive recognition. Are you ready and willing to pay the price?


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Salvation is in Jesus-Christ Alone

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Esther with Chapter 8. In our text today we see the king make a decree for the Jews deliverance. What catches my eye is the verse 8 when the king wrote the decree in His Name and Sealed it with His Ring, which no man could reverse. In making application we see a picture of what our Lord has done at Calvary. Making Salvation for all who come to Him and then sealing it with His Blood which no man can reverse. All Authority is given to our Lord as He defeated Death, Hell, and the Grave. How about you? Have you received Salvation through the confession and repentance of your sin to a Holy God through His Son Jesus? If not let me plead with you to call upon His Name for as we see with the application in our text today, Jesus is Lord, Salvation is in His Name, and Sealed with His Blood. 


Esther 8

Esther 8

 1On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.

 2And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

 3And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.

 4Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,

 5And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces:

 6For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

 7Then 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.

 8Write 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.

 9Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.

 10And 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:

 11Wherein 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,

 12Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

 13The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

 14So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace.

 15And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.

 16The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

 17And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.