"For Such A Time As This"
A Happy Ending.
Meanwhile the king couldn’t sleep the night before the second banquet so he calls for the chronicles to be read before him. I guess he thinks it will lull him to sleep. While the chronicles are read it is revealed to him that Mordecai has not been rewarded for saving his life! Ain’t God good! This next part is so hilarious! So King Ahazuerus calls Haman in and says, “How can I honor this man that I know who has done a great deed?” So Haman with his self-centered mind thinking it is he of whom the king speaks, proceeds to tell the king that he should let him wear some of the kings royal clothes and a crown and parade through the streets on the kings own horse. So the king tells Haman to do this for Mordecai! So he does. Then it’s time for the banquet. The king asks Esther again what would be her desire. So she asks for her life and the life of her people and reveals the evil scheme. He asks who would do such a thing. She says, “This wicked Haman!” The king stormed out into the garden. Haman begins to beg Esther for his life. He falls across her bed where she sits, the king comes in and perceives that Haman is trying to seduce Esther. One of the chamberlains came and told the king that Haman had prepared a gallows 50 feet tall for Mordecai. In his wrath the king demanded that Haman be hung on the gallows. The king made Mordecai the new prime minister. Then the king told Esther and Mordecai that his former decree could not be reversed, but they could write a decree in defense of the Jews. So Mordecai wrote a decree and placed on it the Kings signet that the Jews could destroy all their enemies in the kingdom. They also hung all the sons of Haman.
Mordecai ordered a festival to celebrate the victory over the enemies. This Feast of Purim has been celebrated yearly by Jews ever since. The two-day celebration is preceded by a fast to commemorate Esther’s fast. On both days of the feast, the modern Jews read from the Book of Esther in their synagogues. The copy read must be hand written on a scroll; and the names of the ten sons of Haman are written in a way to resemble bodies on a gallows. The reader must pronounce all these names in one breath. Whenever Haman’s name is pronounced, they make a terrible noise stomping their feet and banging mallets, kind of like we sometimes do in the bleachers at a ball game. So every year in the Jewish synagogues all over the world the people of Israel remember Esther and Mordecai and how they were used by a sovereign God to deliver their people from extinction.