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Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

From Tears to Joy

Once a decree was sealed by the king's signet ring; it was law never to be revoked, so the only thing the King could do to correct the wrong of Haman's decree was to write another one.

We see in Esther 8:7-8 that the King gave Esther and Mordecai full authority to write another decree and seal it with the king's signet ring. It was the 23rd day of the 3rd month, the month of Sivan, which was a little over two months after Haman had issued the original Decree of Annihilation that the new decree was written. The new decree granted the right of self-defense to the Jews. Mordecai uses the same language as the original decree so that they would know that the king found favor now in the Jews and that he did not want them annihilated. You know there are still going to be those who want to annihilate the Jew so by giving them permission to defend themselves would help prevent the annihilation of all the Jews in the providence.

We see in verse 15 that when Mordecai left the palace he was in Royal Apparel. Can you imagine the joy that filled the Jews as they see Mordecai having been promoted to prime minister of the Persian Empire and wicked Haman hung on the gallows? They knew they had a strong representative in the empire now. Then to read the decree with the king's seal giving them permission to defend themselves against the annihilation. What relief must have fallen upon them. God had answered their prayers!

This chapter begins with Queen Esther in tears Esther 8:3, but it ends with the Jews rejoicing and feasting. The Jews have been mourning and fasting, but now they were ecstatic with joy.

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