10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus’ name, and sealed [it] with the king’s ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, [and] riders on mules, camels, [and] young dromedaries. There were many different modes of transport as there are many different types of people who receive the message. The post is efficient and effective, for all men and women on the face of the earth can know.
11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which [were] in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, [both] little ones and women, and [to take] the spoil of them for a prey, The decree enabled them to stand together for their life against all that would assault them in the world. Those who would be protected are the little ones and the women. This is what an ecclesia is. It is a place where the Jews band together to fight against the forces that would destroy us. It exists for no other purpose. Its role is caring and sharing that ensures no one lost to the enemy.
Some have the impression the ecclesia is a place where you enforce against delinquent Jews all the laws they forget. They believe it is the role of the leaders to prevent the unworthy from entering the doors. Most of their time spent keeping people out and not letting them in, or throwing them out to take their chances in the world. They force Esther, in the house of God, before the face of God, for all the right reasons, but the reasons are their own.
12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, [namely], upon the thirteenth [day] of the twelfth month, which [is] the month Adar. The decree was for a particular day. And yet every day the battle against the enemy continues. The day was for the Jews to have their revenge. That day will be one day. The enemy will assault the ecclesia and the ecclesia must take it patiently and wait for the day.
13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province [was] published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies. 14 [So] the posts that rode upon mules [and] camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace. Passing the decree was done at Jerusalem.
15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. The joy of events that took place two thousand years ago coming down to us today.
16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. 17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them. It was a celebration commemorating the day of release. Many of the Gentiles became Jews because of the fear of coming under the judgments of that day. Convinced of the power of the God of Israel to deliver, they aligned themselves with the Jews just to be close to the God of Israel.