Death

Now the rest of the Jews who were in the king’s provinces also gathered to defend their lives, and got relief from their enemies and killed 75,000 of those who hated them, but they laid no hands on the plunder.  Esther 9:16

Please read Esther 9 today. So much death. It can seem overwhelming to consider the amount of death spoken of in the Old Testament. It can seem confusing that the Giver of Life would allow for—and even call for—so much death. The decrees in Esther are not declared as moral or immoral. We are left to wonder. It does not say that God told Mordecai to write the decree the way he did. We are, however, told that God will bring death to all his enemies. All who oppose God and his plan will suffer death. It will be eternal death, that is, eternal conscious torment. He will honor their decision to reject his reign over their lives. It is an eternal choice made by eternal beings while in the temporary existence of this earth. The death that is brought about on the enemies of the Jews in Esther is a physical death. Each person will face physical death. But after physical death comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).In that judgment, it is revealed whether or not a person has been an enemy of God. If they have, they will be sent to eternal death—separation from God. That is the death to fear. God is the righteous judge. He has the right to judge, and is righteous in his judging. The unfolding of the redemptive plan of God required that the Jews be protected so that the Messiah could come to save. Any opposition to the plan of God will meet with his judgment. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Each person who has not had their sin forgiven through faith in Jesus will face eternal separation from God. They have earned it by rejecting him. Have you rejected the reign of God in your life? Have you turned to him for life?