We have so far read how the orphaned Jewish girl was made a queen of the then most powerful Persian empire, and how she had courageously and wisely confronted a devilish scheme by the enemy of the Jewish people to annihilate them all in the empire. In the spiritual, she was confronting the evil territorial spiritual force, represented by Haman, the most powerful man who was in the favor of the Persian king then. Esther had won not by her own might or power. She merely trusted God, fasted and prayed. She also waited for the right time and occasion to strike at and destroy the enemy (Haman) by petitioning to the king who had turned his favor to her at the right time.
But the battle was not over. The king’s former decree to kill all the Jews could not be reversed. In the following episode we read how she petitioned to the king and the king agreed to give her and Mordecai the power to give a new decree in the king’s name to allow the Jews to defend themselves.
By turning the king’s heart, the spiritual power made a major swift. The enemy knew, feared and submitted.
Esther 8 New Living Translation (NLT) (quoted in parts)
Esther Saves the Jews: A Decree to Help the Jews
8 On that same day King Xerxes gave the property of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Then Mordecai was brought before the king, for Esther had told the king how they were related. 2 The king took off his signet ring—which he had taken back from Haman—and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed Mordecai to be in charge of Haman’s property.
3 Then Esther went again before the king, falling down at his feet and begging him with tears to stop the evil plot devised by Haman the Agagite against the Jews. 4 Again the king held out the gold scepter to Esther. So she rose and stood before him.
5 Esther said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor with him, and if he thinks it is right, and if I am pleasing to him, let there be a decree that reverses the orders of Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, who ordered that Jews throughout all the king’s provinces should be destroyed. 6 For how can I endure to see my people and my family slaughtered and destroyed?”
7 Then King Xerxes said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “I have given Esther the property of Haman, and he has been impaled on a pole because he tried to destroy the Jews. 8 Now go ahead and send a message to the Jews in the king’s name, telling them whatever you want, and seal it with the king’s signet ring. But remember that whatever has already been written in the king’s name and sealed with his signet ring can never be revoked.”…
10 The decree was written in the name of King Xerxes and sealed with the king’s signet ring. Mordecai sent the dispatches by swift messengers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king’s service.
11 The king’s decree gave the Jews in every city authority to unite to defend their lives. They were allowed to kill, slaughter, and annihilate anyone of any nationality or province who might attack them or their children and wives, and to take the property of their enemies…
16 The Jews were filled with joy and gladness and were honored everywhere. 17 In every province and city, wherever the king’s decree arrived, the Jews rejoiced and had a great celebration and declared a public festival and holiday. And many of the people of the land became Jews themselves, for they feared what the Jews might do to them.