I love the book of Esther…having completed an in depth study with Beth Moore less than a year ago, I was entering this study looking at the first 10 days rather light heartily. Certainly, I would remember what I learned last year. Instead, the Lord showed me that every time is fresh and new, like looking out the window and seeing the snow that blanketed the ground overnight. Seeing a view like that is fresh and new, even if you are not looking forward to going out in it or driving in it, you still love and appreciate it’s beauty.
I see Esther, poor in spirit, humble and obedient. I see Mordecai, gently leading and guiding her, standing firm on what God has taught him. I see the pride of the King and Haman…now we go on to the rest of the story… focusing on what is good and how we can apply this story of the orphaned little girl whom God used in a mighty way. We all have our story, we all can be used by God, we all have the power to influence people. May God bless you all on this journey!
So, now, having read half of the book of Esther, new nuggets are coming out at me. From chapter 1, I am reminded that my Lord, King Jesus, freely offers forgiveness and grace! I have an inheritance with the Father that cannot be repealed as Queen Vashti’s was by her earthly King. My inheritance is set; it cannot be given away to someone else. Through his eyes of love God sees his children as perfect and complete, none better than another. Reading this reinforces in my mind the desire to do my best, for him, in whatever I do. He gave his best for me.
The King may have exchanged Vashti for Esther, but, God had a plan for Ester’s life and for his people. He was preparing the way for that to come to pass. God’s fingerprints cover the book of Esther, even though his name may not be mentioned.
Pride, what do we know about it from bible? We have all heard the famous verse, “Pride comes before the fall”. Well, think about those words, the fall of Adam and Eve came about from pride. Pride seems to be at the root of most sin. We see in Esther great pride of Haman and also of the King Ahasuerus. Haman’s pride was so great he ordered every Jew be killed and even after that was ordered he became filled with wrath against Mordecai for not bowing down and trembling before him. Oh, my, Haman, if he only knew the gallows he was having built would be used for his own death and all the mighty honor he was having the king give would not be going to him, but to Mordecai.
The drama continues in the book of Esther, like a play of drama, pride, passion, rising and falling. The story encompasses it all! The story, of the little orphan girl, the girl who’s course was set for the purpose of saving the lives of the people of her heritage in her kingdom. We know the end of her story. God wrote it perfectly.
She allowed it to be carried out because of her pure heart and her respect for her adopted father, Mordecai. Her obedience to his leading in her life put her in the proper place for such a time as this. Our obedience and respect for our Father will put us in place for his story of our lives to be perfectly cast and acted out…we are now living in our for such a time as this. How we respond is up to us.
Have a listen to Mandisa’s song about Esther
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