Thursday, July 17, 2008
Esther 8:1-6 That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman's estate. Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews. Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him. "If it pleases the king," she said, "and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king's provinces. For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?"
This would be the part in the action movie where the mean monster has been shot and he's laying there dead and then the main character walks by and the monster flinches and then grabs the guys leg and he has to kill him again.
Haman is dead, but it's not over yet! The law is still in place for anyone to kill a jew and get all their stuff. This is not unlike today - how many times you see it on the news - a person is found injured and someone else takes their wallet.
The king gives Esther all of Haman's things - his entire estate. But this is not what Esther wants - can't you see her sighing politely. "No honey, the law says I'm still going to be killed - Haman's stuff is not going to help that." Again she begins to beg the king.
So often, that's how we handle our own issues. Someone comes to us with a problem and we are so quick to just slap a bandaid on it and not look at what really needs to be done.