Esther 9:25 – On His Own Head

God has made a vow with the strength of a curse in His own Name to protect His Chosen People, the Jews of Israel. Those who remember who God is, and who honor Him and His Word are wise, because He will give them favor. Those who choose to disdain their creator and the One who can bring not only death to their bodies, but throw their souls into Hell are foolish and should fear Him; sadly, most do not. Consider what Jesus said in this respect in Luke 12:5:

But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!

The power, might, and authority of God are supreme, and all are subject to Him.  This is why His declaration in Genesis 12:3 is so important:

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God will do whatever is necessary to uphold His Word.  Over the years, however, many have attempted to thwart Him and have suffered the consequences.  This is true to this day.

The narrative of Esther shows us how God works in situations where His people face severe odds.  In this account, the Jews were about to be annihilated.  Although the Name of Yahweh never appears in this book, we can observe Him working behind the scenes.

The evil Haman was on the verge of realizing the object of his dreams; that of completely destroying the Jews.  However, through the “coincidence” of King Ahaseurus being sleepless one night and having the chronicles of memorable deeds read to him to learn of Mordecai saving his life (Esther 6:1), to Esther winning the king’s favor in order to host him and Haman at a feast where she could unveil her enemy’s wicked plan, God was right there in the midst of this situation.

It was God’s hand in all this that turned around the outcome.  What should have been genocide against the Jews became a purging of their enemies.  The text in Esther 9:25 recounts this:

But when it came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

This is the curse of Genesis 12:3 in operation.  Haman and all those who were eager to destroy the Jews, i.e. dishonor them (along with Yahweh who was essentially their benefactor) were cursed.  The curse brought their own evil plot back on their own heads.

In this we see that God’s promise – His Word – is true and reliable.  Throughout Biblical history we observe this again and again.  Yet, many either don’t read the Bible; they don’t know about God’s protection upon the Jews; or they choose to disregard what God has said –  to their destruction.

Fast forward to today.  God’s Word is everlasting.  He is the same God yesterday, today, and forever.  When people attempt to mess with Israel, He responds according to His curse.  Of course, those who bless Israel are themselves blessed, but those who hate her and seek to divide the land or inadvertently harm the people end up in serious trouble with God.

Take for instance President Donald Trump.  He did many good things for Israel, to internationally restoring Jerusalem as her historic capital, to the U.S. recognition of that, to acknowledging Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and in many other positive actions.  Unfortunately, Trump was also convinced by his advisors to pursue and implement the Abraham Accords.  One aspect of this treaty speaks of the future division of the land.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a staunch protector of Israel, was a willing party and advocate for the peace deal.  From the time in early 2020 when the Abraham Accords went forward, opposition against Trump and Netanyahu came from many directions.  Both are now out of office.  This is not a coincidence.

Similarly, we’ve seen God’s protection of Israel in modern times just as in the past.  This includes the various modern wars, in which she was opposed by military forces much greater than hers.  Yet somehow, she prevailed to win victory.

This same dynamic will go forward into the not-too-distant future.  Through the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), she will achieve a highly favorable outcome in a Psalm 83 War.  Following that, when Russia, Turkey, Iran and their coalition attack Israel in Ezekiel’s War (Ezekiel 38-39), God will bring about the victory Himself.  He will not shrink back from what He has promised.

Israel has a future because of God’s promise in the past.  Never let anyone try to convince you otherwise (and there are many who would attempt these days to do so).  If fact, those who discredit God’s Word and disdain Israel will likewise suffer God’s wrath in one form or another.

We as true believers can rejoice in this.  If God didn’t uphold His promises to Israel, why could we believe that He would do the same for believers in Jesus Christ?  We would have no assurance of our future salvation and eternity with Him if His Word wasn’t good, pure, and reliable.  So, be thankful for how God never slumbers nor sleeps in watching over those who belong to Him.  Because of this, we can raise a hallelujah!

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