Saturday, March 10, 2018

Year 8, Day 69: Esther 9 & 10

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In the end of the book of Esther, we hear the conclusion of the story.  There is an uprising against the Jewish people in the kingdom of Persia.  However, the Jews resist the uprising.  They not only resist, but they win the day.  The enemies of the Jews are vanquished; the uprising comes to an end.  Mordecai is elevated in the kingdom.

What I find noteworthy about this story is that the Jews do not take any of the plunder.  I think that there are two reasons for this.  Naturally, there is the high spiritual road.  The Jews would hopefully stay away from the corruption and taint of the world.  Why risk incorporating the evil that led a group of people to hatred into your own culture?

The second reason is the high ethical road.  The Jews did more than what was permissible.  It was permissible for them to defend themselves.  It was permissible for them to kill those who came against them.  It would also be permissible for them to claim spoils of that struggle.  The Jews, however, did not do this.  They avoided the plunder.  They defended themselves and stayed away from the plunder. They took the high spiritual road and the high ethical road.

I think that this is a place for us to stop and reflect, especially in our modern world.  The modern culture is growing less and less concerned with what is right and more and more concerned with what is permissible.  We care less about doing the right thing and care more about what I can get away with.  That isn’t an attitude that God’s people have.  God’s people lift themselves up above the standards of the world and try to live by the standards of God.