My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Esther 9

The Jews strike back!

So the Jews had their right to fight back, and they did, and Mordecai became more powerful. They killed their enemies, but did not touch their plunder. Esther asked the king if Haman's ten sons could be hanged, which he agreed to.

They killed thousands.

All the Jews celebrated on the 14th and 15th days of the month Adar, and it later became a festival called Purim, when the Jews were saved from Haman. Mordecai informed everyone about Purim.

Key verse:
5. The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them, and they did what they pleased to those who hated them.

My thoughts:
It's the unfortunate reality that in this case, the Jews decided to exact revenge on their afflictors. It's kinda hard to justify in light of Christ's teaching. But having said that, most people consider killing a bunch of Nazi's was the best way to save the Jews in World War II.


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