Victory and celebration – Esther Ch9,10

Victory and celebration – Esther Ch9,10

Colin Adams brings this series on the story of Esther to a close as the counter-edict shows its effectiveness in damage limitation.  As a result, the brief fighting gives way to an explosion of joy. 

The reasons for the Jews’ joy were clear.  First, the turning of the tables – the massive power of their enemies defeated.  Then the providence of God – no one could stand against them.  Finally, knowing someone in high places speaking for them.

But they didn’t just feel joyful – they expressed it in a recurring feast designed to prevent them forgetting.

Colin draws parallels showing how we in a different context have the same three reasons to be joyful.  We also have a feast instituted to prevent us forgetting that whatever our circumstances we have something to be joyful about.