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What Is Worth Celebrating      Esther 8:3, 6-8, 11; 9:1-2, 20-22      Feb. 25, 2007


Introduction

Sometimes celebrations occur prematurely. In a recent football game a man who scored a touchdown celebrated with a rather conceited little jig in the end zone. He did not celebrate at the end of the game. Just a year ago in Baseballs league championship one team expressed all

kinds of excitement as they celebrated their seeming victory. Then a home run from the opposing team changed the countenance of the players and most of the people in the stadium.

Esther did not want a premature celebration even though Haman=s life was over; she did not want a partial victory. God used a pagan king to grant a victory that all God=s people could say, Now this is What Is Worth Celebrating.


1.   What Is Worth Celebrating? Not . . Partial Victories. 8:3 &6

A.  The . . Plea For More Than Partial Victory. 8:3

3 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought

him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had

devised against the Jews.


B.  The . . Problem Of Accepting Partial Victory. 8:6

6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I

endure to see the destruction of my kindred?


Esther spoke again to the king making a plea for the Jewish People; because getting rid of Haman did not guaranteed peace for her people. Evidently the plans Haman had devised were still in tack, and Esther wanted them eliminated. The queen=s plea made the king fully aware of the problem. The manner in which she brought forth her concerns respected the king, and pleased him.

 

2.   What Is Worth Celebrating? The . . Privileged Victories. 8:7-8, 11

A.  The . . Authority Of Privileged Victory. 8:7-8

7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I

have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. 8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.


B.  The . . Assault Of Privileged Victory. 8:11

11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey, KJV


When you have the authority of the king behind you; your privileged to celebrate with confidence. The king=s decree provided for a through assault on the enemies of the Jews; it even included women and children.



3.  What Is Worth Celebrating? The . . Profound Victories. 9:1-2, 20-22 

A.  The . . Turning Causing Profound Victories. 9:1

9:1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)


B.  The . . Togetherness Causing Profound Victories. 9:2

2 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of

the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people. KJV


The king=s edict turned the planned devastation of the Jews on to the family of Haman, and those who hated the Jewish people. That action by the king caused a togetherness for Esther=s people; a kind of togetherness, and celebration enjoyed by the Jews only on a few occasions.



4.   What Is Worth Celebrating? The . . Praises Of Victory. 9:20-22

A.   The Praise Of . . Remembering Past Victories. 9:20-21

20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all

the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, 21 To stablish this among them, that they

should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,


B.   The Praise of . . Rejoicing In Past Victories. 9:22

22 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was

turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make

them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.


We in America celebrate the independence of our nation on the forth of July. We desire several songs to sung on this day, and they might annually bring tears to our eyes. So we can identify with the desire of Mordecai to establish a day for an annual celebration that the action of he and Esther accomplished. This annual celebration became quite a time of celebration, and illustrated to the Jewish people What Is Worth Celebrating. Amen? Amen!