November 30, 2018: The Day the tables were turned.
Esther 9:1 (NIV)
1 On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.
The law written by Haman to execute the Jews was published on the thirteenth day of Nissan. (Esther 3:7, 12) Esther fasted for three days immediately afterward. Her fast would have ended on the seventeenth day of Nissan. There is no coincidence in the Scripture. Why are the specific dates given in the text?
The law of Haman was written one day before Passover, the fourteenth day of Nissan. Esther’s fast began the next day and ended on the seventeenth day of Nissan. What is so special about these dates? The enemy does his best to rid the world of all who belong to God, yet he does not plan very well. On the day when he sets in motion to kill God’s elect, he is ignorant of what God is doing. The next day was Passover for the Jews, a day when they celebrated their deliverance bondage in Egypt.
Esther fasted and prayed for the deliverance of the Jews from the fourteenth of Nissan to the seventeenth of Nissan. After her fast, she was granted access to the king by the extension of his scepter. It was the eighteenth day of Nissan that Esther went before the king, not knowing if she would be executed.
Before she went to the king, she put on her royal robes and went to the king dressed as royalty. (Esther 5:1-2) It would be another 500 years when some women went to look for their king who had been crucified and discovered that he had risen from the dead. In that garden graveyard, the tables were turned and these women found the scepter of our King was being extended to them commissioning them with news of greatest joy.
When the enemy of our soul thinks he is planning for our demise he is only used by God to bring about our deliverance. Haman planned to exterminate the Jews on the 13th of Nissan. He did not know he was putting into motion God’s ultimate plan of redemption. It is interesting to note that the king executed Haman on the evening of the 17th of Nissan, just happened to be the day before Jesus would rise from the dead some five hundred years in the future. The tables were turned.
The Cross and the empty grave, ultimate table turners.