“…relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews…” (Esther 4:14)

Yesterday was, of course, Holocaust Memorial Day, and in the Lord’s amazing providence and timing, last night, as my wife and I continued our reading through Don Carson’s excellent devotional aid ‘For the Love of God’, we read Esther 4, where Mordecai learns of Haman’s genocidal plot and gets the news to Esther in the Palace.

I have read this passage many, many times but have never ‘noticed’ v14 before. Responding to Esther’s initial reluctance to bring the matter before the King, Mordecai makes a staggering statement of confidence in the salvation of God: “…relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews…”.

Even if Esther were to keep quiet to preserve her own life, there is no way that God will allow the Hebrew people to be annihilated. After all, all the Messianic plans are bound up with this nation.

What a wonderful reminder of the sovereignty of God and the certainty of the fulfilment of all his promises. What a wonderful example of the unwavering faith of his people.