“And no one could stand against them, for the fear of them had fallen on all peoples” (9:2). The author of Esther says that while the Jews’ enemies had hoped to destroy them, “the reverse occurred” (9:1). The minority Jews were victorious, and Mordecai, rather than being hanged, was given authority and status. As in the stories of Joseph, Ruth, Daniel, and others, God delighted in taking the worst situation and turning it upside down for His good purposes.
Rather than using powerful nations or leaders to enforce His will, God sent Jesus into the world, turning our expectations upside down and saving us by dying. His “power is made perfect in weakness” (II Cor 12:9).