by Beverly Barnett
Tuesday, April 30
The Decree Brings Confusion to the Kingdom
“The posts went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed,” Esther 3:15.
After the conquest of the Babylonian Empire during the reign of King Cyrus of the Medo-Persian kingdom, the Jews were released and allowed to return to their homeland. After many generations of living in the Babylonian, now Persian, kingdoms, some of the captives decided to stay. Esther and Mordecai were two relatives from some of these families. During this time, intermarriages most likely happened between these nations. Children and grandchildren were born from these marriages. The kingdom was prosperous, and everyone lived peaceably together. That is until Haman’s evil revenge reared its ugly head.
Haman hatched his devilish plan…
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