Purging Sin (Esther #28)

Text: Esther 9:12-19

More purging around the king (vss 12-13)

  • Apparently the palace was overrun with anti-semites.  The 500 that were killed on the 13th day was not enough to finish the job in the palace.  At the end of the day the king asks Esther if she is satisfied with the results after giving her the number dead.  Esther asks for another day of purging the palace of anti-semites, and requests Haman’s sons be hung up as a curse upon his household.  King Ahasuerus agrees.
  • Wherever Jesus Christ is the devil is at work right around him.
  • Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    • You can’t pump enough iron or hit the gym enough to beat the enemy.
    • It will require spiritual power.
    • Haman is what Paul is talking about here in Ephesians 6.  Haman is a principality.  Haman is a power.  Haman is a ruler of the darkness of this world.  Haman is spiritual wickedness in a high place.  And neither Esther or Mordecai can beat Haman by lifting weights or improving their 40 times.
    • You know the pressure you feel at work or felt at work not to mention Jesus Christ.  The pressure you feel to stay quiet when tolerance and love for one another is being talked about in the context of sodomy.

Public shame of the curse (vs 14)

  • The house of Agag the Amalekite
    • Exodus 17:14
    • Numbers 24:20
    • Deuteronomy 25:29
    • 1 Samuel 15:20
  • Make sure sin is preached on.  Make sure sin has a name.  Make sure it can be identified.

Profound consequences of an ungodly plan (vss 15-16)

  • What began with Haman’s hurt pride has turned into a very bloody mess.
  • In total 75,810 anti-semites were killed in two days.

Pur to Purim (vss 17-19)

  • Outside the capital city the Jews celebrated the 14th day as Pur.  Inside the capital city the Jews celebrated the 15th day as Pur since they took two days to purge the palace of anti-semites.
  • Pur is singular, Purim is plural.  Mordecai makes it a matter of record that two days will be recognized (9:20-22)