ESTHER 9:1-2 Now in the twelfth month, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of Adar, when the king’s command and his edict were about to be executed, on the (very) day that the enemies of the Jews had planned for a massacre of them, it was turned to the contrary and the Jews had rule over those who hated them.
2. The Jews gathered together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the King Ahasuerus, to lay hands on such as sought their hurt; no man could withstand them, for the fear of them had fallen upon all the people. Amp.
When the Jewish people were getting ready to enter the promise land with Joshua, the Lord told them:
Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
5. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life; as I was with Moses so will I be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Even when the Jewish people were taken captive to Babylon, He is keeping His promise. There were still Jews in Babylon who kept the commandments of the Lord.
All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and did reverence before Haman; for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai did not bow down or do him reverence. Est.3:2
Mordecai refused to show fear before Haman, so Haman set up gallows to hang Mordecai. This is the commandment that was spoken in Joshua 1:3-6. Haman did not only plan to kill Mordecai, but all the Jews.
The Lord saw the courage of one man and saved all because of him. He had true faith in his heart and knew if he kept the commandments of the Lord, the Lord would keep His promise to him: “Be strong and courageous, do not tremble or be dismayed. No man shall be able to stand before thee. I WILL BE WITH THEE!”
SUBJECT — FAITH — SPURGEON
To rely on God when reasons for alarm are many and imminent is the conquering faith of God’s elect. Faith produces praise. He who can trust will soon sing. God’s promise when fulfilled, is a great subject for praise, and even before fulfillment it should give us a song.
When faith is exercised fear is banished and holy triumph follows. Let us maintain faith and we will soon recover courage.