Esther 8* Mordecai is advanced. (1,2) Esther makes suit for the Jews.(3-14) Mordecai honoured, The joy of the Jews. (15-17)1,2 What Haman would have done mischief with, Esther will dogood with. All the trust the king had reposed in Haman, he nowplaced in Mordecai: a happy change. See the vanity of laying uptreasure upon earth; he that heapeth up riches, knoweth not whoshall gather them. With what little pleasure, nay, with whatconstant vexation, would Haman have looked upon his estate, ifhe could have foreseen that Mordecai, the man he hated above allmen in the world, should have rule over all that wherein he hadlaboured! It is our interest to make sure of those riches whichwill not be left behind, but which will go with us to anotherworld. 3-14 It was time to be earnest, when the church of God was atstake. Esther, though safe herself, fell down and begged for thedeliverance of her people. We read of no tears when she beggedfor her own life, but although she was sure of that, she weptfor her people. Tears of pity and tenderness are the mostChrist-like. According to the constitution of the Persiangovernment, no law or decree could be repealed or recalled. Thisis so far from speaking to the wisdom and honour of the Medesand Persians, that it clearly shows their pride and folly. Thissavours of that old presumption which ruined all, We will be asgods! It is God's prerogative not to repent, or to say what cannever be altered or unsaid. Yet a way was found, by anotherdecree, to authorize the Jews to stand upon their defence. Thedecree was published in the languages of all the provinces.Shall all the subjects of an earthly prince have his decrees inlanguages they understand, and shall God's oracles and laws belocked up from any of his servants in an unknown tongue? 15-17 Mordecai's robes now were rich. These things are notworth notice, but as marks of the king's favour, and the fruitof God's favour to his church. It is well with a land, whenensigns of dignity are made the ornaments of serious piety. Whenthe church prospers, many will join it, who will be shy of itwhen in trouble. When believers have rest, and walk in the fearof the Lord, and the comfort of the Holy Ghost, they will bemultiplied. And the attempts of Satan to destroy the church,always tend to increase the number of true Christians
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