Devotional, Esther, Old Testament

Complete Victory & Celebration (Esther 9:11-19 Devotional)

11 That very day the number of those killed in Susa the citadel was reported to the king. 12 And the king said to Queen Esther, “In Susa the citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed 500 men and also the ten sons of Haman. What then have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces! Now what is your wish? It shall be granted you. And what further is your request? It shall be fulfilled.” 13 And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the Jews who are in Susa be allowed tomorrow also to do according to this day’s edict. And let the ten sons of Haman be hanged on the gallows.” 14 So the king commanded this to be done. A decree was issued in Susa, and the ten sons of Haman were hanged. 15 The Jews who were in Susa gathered also on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and they killed 300 men in Susa, but they laid no hands on the plunder.

16 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. 17 This was on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested and made that a day of feasting and gladness. 18 But the Jews who were in Susa gathered on the thirteenth day and on the fourteenth, and rested on the fifteenth day, making that a day of feasting and gladness. 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, who live in the rural towns, hold the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a day for gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and as a day on which they send gifts of food to one another.

Esther 9:11-19

Most of us do not like fighting, whether it is physical or verbal.  However, we are in spiritual warfare. Our enemy, Satan, will not stop until it got want it wants.  To win this spiritual warfare, we need the same determination. That is do not stop until a complete victory is achieved. 

Esther appeared to understand this principle. The Jews achieved a great victory but she wanted a complete one, so she asked the king to give them one more day. 

Follow through with what we do, with the help of the King, we’ll achieve a complete victory.

Celebration. We should not only work, but we should also have time to enjoy, remember, and celebrate what we have done.  Celebration can:

  1. Lift our spirits.
  2. Be a thanksgiving to God.
  3. Help us to have faith in God.

I encourage you to celebrate by yourself and with others what God has done through you.


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