Editor's Note: Find previous entries in this series at the end of this article.
Satan shows us the disappointments and difficulties that godly men face.
In our journey through Esther we have been wrestling with the question, 'Where is God in all of this?' - not least because he is not mentioned overtly name. But that does not mean he is not there, or that he is not at work. Derek Prime perceptively captures what is going on in the title of his little commentary on this book: 'Unspoken Words about the Unseen God'.
Chapter divisions in Bible are sometimes less helpful than they might be, and that is certainly the case as we come to today's reading. In order to make sense of all that's going on in this passage, we need to keep in mind what happened at the end of the previous chapter. There we saw Mordecai - Esther's cousin and guardian - uncover a plot to assassinate king Xerxes and even though it was the kind of deed that warranted significant personal reward, he gets nothing more than a mention in the royal annals.
Johann Heermann and the Comfort of the Cross
Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that we to judge thee have in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
(Rev. 1:17, 18)