“9 At once the royal secretaries were summoned – on the twenty-third day of the third month, the month of Sivan. They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush. These orders were written in the script of each province and the language of each people and also to the Jews in their own script and language. 10 Mordecai wrote in the name of King Xerxes, sealed the dispatches with the king’s signet ring, and sent them by mounted couriers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king.11 The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children, and to plunder the property of their enemies. 12 The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. 13 A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.14 The couriers, riding the royal horses, went out, spurred on by the king’s command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa.”NIV
‘Esther had exposed the enemy and saved her own life, but what about her people? The king himself could not revoke his edict, but he could issue another edict. He gave the Jews the right to arm and protect themselves and gave them nine months to get ready. The people of the land got the message: the king did not want the Jews to be harmed.
Can you see an illustration here of how God solved the sinners plight? You were under condemnation because of the law of sin and death (Rom.3:23;6:23). God did not revoke that law – He obeyed it! He sent His Son to die for our sins and to bring in ‘’the law of the Spirit of life’’ (Rom.8:2). Any sinner who believes the message and trusts the Saviour will receive everlasting life (John 3:15-16).
But that is not the end. We are the King’s couriers, sent into the world by His authority to share the good news that condemned sinners need not die! Just as those couriers ‘’hastened and pressed on by the king’s command’’ (v.14), so we must get the gospel to the ends of the earth as quickly as possible…’ Warren W. Wiersbe, ‘With the Word’, pp.277/278.
I would add that we need to get the message to people in terms they understand (see v.9). So the work of Bible translation is crucial. But in addition, wherever we live and work and socialise, there is a work of Biblical ‘translation’ to be done. The ever-present challenge for Christians is to learn to speak the language of the people we are trying to reach. Even if we share a common language (such as English), there is still a work of translation to be done. We have to ‘scratch where they itch’. Or, as Michael Green put it, we need to learn to row the gospel boat around the island of a person’s life, and discover where is the best place to ‘put in’.
‘’The couriers, riding the royal horses, raced out, spurred on by the king’s command.’’ (V.14).
PRAYER: Lord, help us to be quick and eager to obey you in carrying your message.
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