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Destruction and Deliverance

Destruction and Deliverance

By: Alistair Begg - July 28, 2023

When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus. – Esther 3:5-6

It has been observed that no proud man ever received the respect and regard which he thought was due to him. Such was the case for Haman. It wasn’t sufficient for him to have everyone else treating him with reverence when there was a Jew named Mordecai who refused to. Haman’s fury was clearly over the top. He had a problem with Mordecai, but his anger was such that even the man’s death would not be enough for him. Every one of that man’s people also had to be destroyed.

How does one Jew saying “no” result in a desire to destroy the entire Jewish community? Haman’s conniving, malicious pursuits represented the activities of his spiritual father, the Evil One (John 8:44). Satan understood that the Deliverer-King, the serpent-crusher promised in Genesis 3:15, would come from the Jews, the descendants of Abraham, and so he was committed to their destruction. This also explains Herod’s overreaction centuries later in killing every male child under the age of two (Matthew 2:16). These weren’t just the frenzied actions of desperate men; they were Satan’s attempts to obliterate the Messiah.

When Haman went to the king with his plot, the king (who made decisions based solely on what pleased him in the moment) was easily manipulated, and the edict was written (Esther 3:8-11). Significantly, it was given on the thirteenth day of the first month—the day before the celebration of the Passover (3:12; Leviticus 23:5). In the shadow of the news of this pogrom that was due to descend on them in twelve months’ time, the people of God gathered to remember God’s miraculous intervention when they were in an impossible situation in the bondage of Egypt. The edict of Haman pronounced that their destruction was inevitable—yet the terror they faced was an occasion for them to look to Him who had promised that He would keep them to the end. Would they act in mistrust and fear, or faith?

The people of God would eventually discover that the very means planned for their destruction was the means God would use for their deliverance (Esther 7:9-10). This points us forward to the cross of Jesus, where the method by which the Evil One sought to destroy God’s purposes was the means God used for the great victory Christ achieved.

At times you may live in the grip of fear because you are in what seems to be an impossible situation. When you do, remember this: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10). There is not one promise that God has made that He will not keep, whatever the Evil One may seek to do. You can rest in the confidence that comes from knowing that God’s word and promises will never pass away, and that the darkest moments are often used by God to bring His greatest victories.

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Alistair Begg

Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. Following graduation from The London School of Theology, he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. His Daily Devotionals are presented here via a syndication agreement.
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