Esther, chapters 6-10

“The couriers riding the post-horses used in the royal service went out urgently and speedily at the king’s order.”
~Esther 8:14

Once King Ahasuerus authorized Mordecai to create laws that enabled the Jews to defend themselves from attackers, the law was promulgated urgently throughout the kingdom.
This happened late in the Jewish month of Sivan (mid-June).
Haman, who was now dead, had superstitiously scheduled their genocide for the month of Adar in the next year (early March) (Es. 7:10; 8:11,12).
This means the Jews had 8 and a half months to prepare themselves for the attack.
They did not slack in getting the word out, but did so with urgency, knowing that the more time people had to prepare themselves, the more likely they were to survive.
This reminds me of the life-saving preaching work we carry out, letting our neighbors know God’s day is near (1 Tim. 4:16).
Although we do not know the exact date, if we preach with a sense of urgency during these last days, we will give people more time to prepare themselves and be saved (Matt. 25:13; 2 Tim. 3:1-5, 4:2).

Esther, chapters 1-5

“And who knows whether it is for a time like this that you have attained to your royal status?”
~Esther 4:14

Queen Esther’s adoptive father, Mordecai, asked her to risk her life by presenting the plight of her people before the king without her first being summoned (Es. 4:7,8).
Haman, a prince who had been appointed at the top of the king’s court, had conspired to annihilate all the Jews in the Persian kingdom, financing the extermination himself (Es. 3:8,9).
King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), who badly needed the money offered by Haman to finance his war against the Greeks, did not know his favorite wife and only queen would be a direct victim of the genocide.
He had a strict policy regarding being approached at his throne; not even the queen would be exempt from punishment, and she had not been called for in 30 days (Es. 4:11).
When the king originally decided to select a new virgin as queen, over one year earlier, the list of confidants the king was closest to does not even mention Haman (Es. 1:14).
Still, Jehovah insured, through the loving care of Mordecai, that Esther came to the throne and eventually saved her people from their death sentence (Es. 2:7, 19, 20; 7:3-6).
God is always two steps ahead of whatever evil his enemies are planning.
It is impossible to thwart God’s purpose.