As we come to the end of the story of Esther it is vital that we take the time to investigate what the author of this story really wanted us to see. There is no denying that the story contains the central reality of God’s power to work behind the scenes to save His people from destruction. But when you compare the first and last chapters of the story you see that it wasn’t just the future of the people of God that was changed… the life of the proud pagan king was radically changed as well. Pastor Joe summarises Esther by looking at how the king was changed.
King Ahasuerus imposed tax on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honor of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.