“The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor” (v16). The Jews, a minority population from a conquered country, were vulnerable in the Persian Empire; at any time, their rights could be denied, or suspicion cast on them. To protect Esther, Mordecai originally made her keep her identity a secret. Yet God had not abandoned them. Though Haman had arranged for their annihilation, instead, Mordecai received royal robes (v15), and the king gave the Jews the right to defend themselves.
“There was gladness and joy …” (v17). We rejoice that the Messiah’s birth in a stable proclaims the same message: God loves the humble and heals the broken-hearted.