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A Short Defense of the Book of Esther

There are some severely misguided preachers who think that the Book of Esther should not be in the Bible or even be considered Scripture.  I am afraid that this is a terrible misconception especially by conspiracy preachers.  Please do not quote from the Jewish Talmud (that had a lot of erroneous information about the Old Testament) as it's one of the most dangerous books that keeping Jews from getting saved.  I would like to write this defense for the Book of Esther.  It does not teach anything unbiblical and even if the word God does not appear in the book, the providence of God for the preservation of Israel is still there.  Not that I want people to indulge in treating Jews like royalty because when a Jew is saved, they are no better than any other Christian and when they are not saved, they are going to Hell as much as every other person.

Do you even know why Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman?  This was not a matter of arrogance or that he was power hungry.  The whole idea of bowing down to Haman being bowed down to was more than just a respectful bow.  Esther 3:2 states, "And all the king's servants that were in the king's gate bowed and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him.  But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence."  The whole idea was to worship Haman like as if he was a god and the Bible is clear there is only one God.  Mordecai was a faithful follower of Jehovah God and like a Christian who refuses to bow down to graven images or go out with the wrong crowd because they are saved, he refused to bow down to Haman because he was saved.  Mordecai was not the one who was arrogant but it was Haman who was being arrogant.  Who did Haman think he was that people should do reverence to him like he was a god?  Later when the king had Mordecai honored, I do not even see any signs that he had a high ego.  He simply took the king's reward for him and for the act turning in the two guards that planned to kill the king, he simply did his job and it was the right thing to do.

Haman was a very arrogant and power hungry man.  The evidence was when after he learned why Haman would not bow down to him, you read read in Esther 3:6 which states, "And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai."  Did Adolph Hitler's jealousy of the business acumen of the Jewish people justify what he did during the Holocaust where he killed them using the name of our Jesus Christ in vain?  Did his anger towards being beaten out by a Jew justify his aim to wipe out the Jews throughout Europe?  No amount of anger towards one person of a particular race should justify anybody's murderous intent.  When God ordered the total obliteration of the Canaanites and Amalekites, it was because they were very wicked and judgment was about to fall after they have continued in their evil ways.  Haman's wickedness was based on his arrogance which became his downfall.  His own psychopathic murderous plot backfired on him and his friends, even his own wicked family got killed as a result.  Both Hitler (a religious Roman Catholic) and Haman (most likely a Zoroastrian) got their just desserts for their bitter vindictiveness and arrogance.  

When Esther moved against Haman, it was to protect her people.  She was told by her much older cousin Mordecai who take care of her as a child not to show her being Jewish.  She risked her life to save the Jewish people from Haman's wicked plot which is highly commendable.  It was not wrong for her to put her life in risk because her entire people were in danger.  When it came to the killing of the enemies of the Jews, it was done out of self-defense because of Haman's law that was passed to make sure all Jews were killed so a countermeasure had to be added (Esther 9:1-2).  After Haman was hanged and all those who wanted to kill the Jews got killed in an act of self-defense (which is not murder), please take note that Esther 9:10, 15-16 says that Esther and Mordecai did not lay their hands on the spoils of war.  They were not after power but rather, they were only after the safety of their people.  

The Book of Esther cannot even be considered part of the Apocrypha either.  Nowhere in the Book of Esther is the use of magic, works salvation, purgatory doctrine, pagan philosophy, racial discrimination or historical accuracy.  I have no reason to tear Esther out of my Bible like it was part of the counterfeit books that keep coming in claimed with divine inspiration.  

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