Extraordinary Women Of God[10]: Esther for such a time as this

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Read: “The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” (Esther 2:17)

Examine: Esther’s birth name was Hadassah. She was of the tribe of Benjamin and lived during the time Israel was exiled. Tragically, Hadassah was orphaned at an early age. After her parents died, she was adopted by her cousin, a man named Mordecai.

King wanted to find a new Queen there was a selection process, and Esther was one among them. Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. Esther’s character paved the way for her, and she became queen.

Her cousin Mordecai uncovers a plot by Haman, a high-ranking official, to destroy the Jewish people. Queen Esther was unaware of the plot against the Jews. Esther sent a messenger to Mordecai to find out what was wrong. Mordecai sent his cousin a copy of the edict and asked her “to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people” (Esther 4:8).

Esther, risking her own life, reveals her Jewish identity to the king and intervenes on behalf of her people after fasting. Esther courageously put on her royal robes and stood in the place where she might die. But instead of death, the king granted her favor, asking her what she wanted.

The king reverses Haman’s plot, and the Jewish people are saved. With her first request, she began a masterful plan that only God could have given her. Due to God’s deliverance, Haman was executed, Mordecai was honored, and the Jews were empowered to defend themselves and rescued her people from a murderous plot to annihilate them.

The Jewish Feast of Purim celebrates this particular deliverance of the Jews.

Application: Esther reminds us that nothing is impossible with God. Esther is known for her courage and role in saving the Jewish people from a plot to annihilate them. “Esther” is often associated with beauty, grace, and, symbolically, the shining qualities of a star.

Decision: Esther’s bravery and faith in God are a testament to the trust this young woman had in the living God. Oh, Lord! Help us to be like Esther, courageous, faithful, fasting, acting and prayerfully planning,

Good lesson – She was made queen “for such a time as this.” She was strengthened and prepared to intercede for her people “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

And she was faithful to obey. Esther trusted in God and humbly served, no matter what it might cost.

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