The Jewish people have much reason to rejoice. Yes there have been many times of great fear and suffering, but always in the end God is Israel’s salvation.
Sadly many people think that the God of the Old Testament is different than the God revealed in the New Testament. But we see through the story of Queen Esther that God is and has always been a God of grace.
At the end of the story, the villain (Haman) is hung on the same gallows he built to hang the hero (Mordecai). Mordecai is promoted to Haman’s position, second only to the king. Esther, our story’s heroine, who began her life as an orphan was crowned the Queen of Persia.
Haman had connived his way into the second highest position in the land. But instead of enjoying his privileged status, the demonically inspired hatred for Mordecai motivated him to use his position to try to destroy all the Jewish people.