November 29, 2018: The Law that brought great joy.
Esther 8:15-17 (NIV)
15 Mordecai left the king’s presence wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration. 16 For the Jews, it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. 17 In every province and in every city, wherever the edict of the king went, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because the fear of the Jews had seized them.
For the past several days in Persia, there was no celebration. The edict that Haman issued meant certain death for the Jewish people. There was no joy among the Jewish people in Persia when the edict went out.
God, never one to leave his people without hope, was working behind the scenes in the lives of Mordecai and Esther. In this chapter, we read of God’s deliverance of the Jews. He gave Esther permission to write any law she desired to protect the Jews. She had the best legal minds at her disposal. This law would serve to bring deliverance to the Jewish people.
This plan of Esther and Mordecai was not an afterthought. In Chapter Three of Esther, we see God at work in controlling the casting of the lot. The Jews would have almost a year to plan and prepare for their defense.
The edict of the King written by Esther and the legal experts gave the Jews the right to defend themselves. The edict led to great rejoicing among the Jews. The joy of the Jews was so contagious that many came to believe in Yahweh also.
Whenever God’s people learn the discipline of rejoicing, others will see the glory of Yahweh and turn to him. Do you desire to see the nations converted? Do you long for one of your close friends to trust in Christ? Do you desire to have your load lifted and your worries reduced? God’s prescription is, “Rejoice and be glad!” Not in some flippant, surface way, but in the deep recesses of your soul. God desires to bring you great joy that will spring up from within and overflow to all who.
How can you rejoice you might ask? There was a law that was written ordering your destruction. It read. “The soul that sins, it must die!” You rebelled against the high commands of God. The penalty was death. It was a law of the Most High God that could never be changed. How could you be free from this certain execution?
O, there was another law written to protect you forever from the first law that is still in effect. There was one who died in your place and your penalty he paid. Because of this death, this second law is now in effect. All who plead the death of the Lord Jesus are now free from the first law. You are free to celebrate because your King has written a new law over you and you are now free.
May many who are close to you see the joy that Christ has won for you and may they too discover the fear of the Lord and come to him. May His joy be real in you today.