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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Esther 3

 8 Then Haman said to King Xerxes, "There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king's laws; it is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them. 9 If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put ten thousand talents [b] of silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out this business."
 10 So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11 "Keep the money," the king said to Haman, "and do with the people as you please."
 12 Then on the thirteenth day of the first month the royal secretaries were summoned. They wrote out in the script of each province and in the language of each people all Haman's orders to the king's satraps, the governors of the various provinces and the nobles of the various peoples. These were written in the name of King Xerxes himself and sealed with his own ring. 13 Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and little children—on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods. 14 A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day.
 15 Spurred on by the king's command, the couriers went out, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.
It's really crazy to me how it all went down. Without really knowing what he was doing the king fell to an evil man.  It happens so easily....and an entire race was about to be destroyed.  It has always amazed me that things like the Rwandan genocide happened or that Darfur is still happening.  I always remember the quote: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing- Edmond Burke.  
Obviously, in this case, it was a good woman who had to stand up and stop this.  It's a great call that even those who seem to be lowly (a servant-wife to the king) can change history and save thousands of lives.  We must speak up when evil is progressing. 

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