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Story of Esther in the Bible

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6 Powerful Life Lessons from the Book of Esther

The Bible book of Esther is a dramatic account which can give us insight into God’s special and purposeful plan for our lives. The story gives us six powerful lessons about courage, divine timing and God’s supreme love.

Story of Esther in the Bible

As scripture reveals, Esther is a Jewish woman living in Persia and reared by her cousin Mordecai. She was taken to the King of the Persian Empire to become a part of his harem—but because there was something special about Esther, he made her queen. Mordecai, however, didn’t tell the king about a major detail—Esther’s Jewish heritage.

I imagine Esther as a drop-dead gorgeous woman with flawless olive skin and a tantalizing personality. She charmed King Xerxes so much that after deposing his prior queen, he could have chosen any woman he wanted—but he chose Esther.

Of course there is a scoundrel in the story, too. Haman is a vengeful and egotistical advisor to the king. He hated Mordecai for refusing to bow down to him, so he plotted to destroy the Jewish people. Haman told the king, “There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them” (Esther 3:8 NIV). The king gave him authority to handle the fate of the Jewish people. In return, Haman announced a government-issued edict of genocide.

What could the queen do for her people? The king had not requested her presence in a month. Did his affection for her wane? Was she a powerless sex partner? Of all the Jews, only Esther had access to the king. Mordecai persuaded Esther to speak to the king on behalf of the Jewish people reminding her of her unique place in history and that silence is not an option. In one of the most poetic Biblical passages, Mordecai speaks of God’s purposeful timing: “Who knows but that you have come to a royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NIV). In other words, Mordecai lets Esther know that even her outer beauty was for a reason and would not go to waste!

Esther knew, of course, that going to the king unsolicited could be her death sentence. Anyone who came into the king’s presence without being summoned could be executed. So what does she do? Before making a life or death decision, she calls for the Jewish people to join her on a 3-day fast. Following the fast she put on her best royal robes, approached the king, and told him of Haman's plot against her people. The Jewish people were saved, Haman was hanged on the same gallows that had been prepared for Mordecai, and Esther received Haman’s estate. This dramatic unfolding of events moves like a novel and played like a great chess game with several life lessons. Here are six lessons from the book of Esther that we can each apply to our living.

Lesson 1: God has a plan for our lives

Mordecai nailed it when he said, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the royal palace for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14 NIV). God loved the Jewish people. And, he didn’t create Esther’s beauty and finesse for her and her alone. Esther was placed in a royal position to assist in the delivery of God’s divine plan.

Lesson 2: We are given divine moments to alter circumstances

As believers, there are no such things as accidents or coincidences. God’s timing is providential. Esther’s divine moment of providence came by accepting her responsibility to go to the king. However, Mordecai was clear when he said to Esther that she could be the one who saved the people, or not. God will use you only if you’re ready—or he will find someone else.

Lesson 3: We must stand with courage

“I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16 NIV). Esther was willing to die to save her people. Sometimes we must stand in courage, even when it is not popular to do so, and risk it all.

Lesson 4: Fasting and prayer brings clarity and hope for deliverance

God is not mentioned in the Book of Esther even once. But Esther was clear that in this particular situation, a heavenly response was needed for an earthly situation. Esther needed direction. When we need God’s grace, fasting and prayer opens the portals for spiritual growth, removes distractions and places us on a path to humility.

Lesson 5: God demands obedience

Esther’s obedience saved God’s people from genocide. The reality is that Esther didn’t know what would happen when she approached the king. She acted in obedience and by doing so she saved a nation and received the best. We don’t get a pass on this one.

Lesson 6: God uses everything and everybody for his divine purpose

No part of our lives is untouched. God is in control of every aspect, whether we want him to be or not, and there is nothing that is not subject to him (Hebrews 2:8 NIV). And, the best thing we can do for our lives is to search for and surrender to his will.

By: Lisa Brown Ross
Source: 6 Powerful Life Lessons from the Book of Esther
Esther and Ruth are the ONLY Books of The Holy Scriptures with Women's Names.....Yet, it was Mary, whom God CHOSE to birth Jesus , His Only Begotten Son. That WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH , MIGHT HAVE LIFE, & HAVE LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY. Do you have any idea why Jesus often, when questioned IF He was God's Son, would reply, "Whom doth THOU saith I AM?" It was BECAUSE should even 1 not believe Him, He knew it would be "BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST", therefore He would rather NOT say, than to chance even 1.....EVEN 1... not be covered by HIS BLOOD at Calvary......Our penalty for Christ being Crucified is a period of 2,000 years. The 1st 1,000 years, God would certainly have His back turned from us all. The 2nd, 1000 years, there would be periods, of, redemption & yes, miracles. 2,000 years are but 1 day to GOD. Strange that it would be that way, isn't it. Now, considering 2,000 years, what year are we in? What age was Jesus, when He was crucified? So, accordingly, it could be any time now. In the twinkling of an eye....by Night or By Day.......2031-2032 would suggest to be VERY interesting years. I pray we are capable to plant the seeds of Jesus, for the future times. The troubling times we are in, only proves to instill upon one, that ONLY WHAT WE DO FOR JESUS, REMAINS.........CALLED/CHOSEN/FAITHFUL......Chad this is very WELL, perceived. thank you , for such a faith as I witness within your Spirit, AMEN... Blessed Wings/Angel Wings........
In my personal estimation, the real villain in the book of Esther is Mordecai. His arrogance almost cost the lives of every Jew in the Persian empire; a genocide that would've easily matched the Holocaust for death and destruction.

He ruined Esther's life too. By putting her up for the king's harem, she never had a chance after that to experience love and a family of her own.

In addition: at that time in the Jews' history, they were all supposed to be returning to Israel; but no, Mordecai had a cush Federal job and didn't want to give up either his position or the perks that came with it.

I honestly don't know how that man could look himself in the mirror. Mordecai is one of the most thoughtless, insensitive jerks in the whole Bible; right up there with Jacob's uncle Laban in the book of Genesis.
Est 2:20 . . Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai's instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.

That is NOT the picture of a strong woman. It's the picture of a weak, subjugated woman under the thumb of male domination even after she's left home and out on her own; and royalty to boot; which means that in real life, Esther was higher in station than Mordecai yet there she was still doing as she's told like a minor child!!!
Actually, it is a depiction, of the SACRIFICE, a WOMAN OF GOD, is willing to make , walking the WALK, with her eyes on God, neither Mordecai, nor ANYONE ELSE. Just as Mary was chastised, when God thru immaculate conception, brought His Only BEGOTTEN Son, to earth thru, Mary. It is the GREAT FAITH that is rewarded, in SPITE of all the NAYSAYERS. Thru her FAITH, God used her to save the remnant of the Jews. As I recall , God made man in HIS own image, that being said, Adam, was a MALE, not a female. The female mate, for Adam, EVE was made from Adam's RIB. While studying, upon all this, it seems to present a conundrum, doesn't it? I suppose, thru some eyes, one would consider my SAVIOR/BROTHER...JESUS... who withstood
great mocking, beaten, abused, gossiped about, shamed, shunned,stoned, CRUCIFIED by the holier than thou crowd....went on to do HIS FATHER'S WILL. NOT HIS OWN, BUT RATHER HIS FATHERS. "MY GOD , MY GOD WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?" Which was at the exact time, JESUS, FELT AND SAW, GOD NEVER FORSAKEN HIM. For my brother, has gone upon the clouds, to prepare a place for all who receive HIM as Lord and Savior. November 13, 2017, as I was upon my knees, being born with signs and sinews upon my bones, I felt as Jesus must have, INSTANTLY, JESUS ROSE FROM HIS THRONE IN HEAVEN, and prayed for a sinner like me, to KNOW HE IS KING OF ALL THE EARTH. Say as you will, it takes a VERY STRONG woman, to walk the walk, & talk the talk. I WON'T BACK DOWN. GOD IS GOOD, JESUS IS THE GREATEST TO EVER WALK THE EARTH. JESUS DIED THE MOST PAINFUL & HORRIBLE DEATH, anyone on the face of the earth has died. THOSE WHO TRULY FOLLOW GOD, we, will NEVER be ashamed nor turned back, yet the NAYSAYERS, shall find their rightful place, when Jesus descends thru the clouds, and EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, FOR GOD WILL BE WITH HIM. GOD whom NONE has EVER SEEN HIS FACE. ESTHER, YOUR TRUTH, will not be shamed. You are in the realms of Heaven, right now. I will PRAISE YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE, AND FAITH. FAITH, many would confuse with childishness, lack of faith, or even WEAK. IT WOULD TAKE SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER walked the walk, to call you weak, Esther. I for 1 RESPECT your humbleness, Grateful "I AM" for your story Esther.
ONCE ALL THE PEOPLE OF EARTH WERE THE SAME COLOR, 7& SPOKE THE SAME LANGUAGE, their AUDACITY to build a TOWER to God, THE TOWER OF BABBLE, caused such great anger with our CREATOR, HE changed all tongues & colors, and spread all thru out the earth. When YOU NEXT SEE JESUS, HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, WHEN HE DESCENDS WITH GOD, THERE WILL NO LONGER BE ANY COLORS, ALL WILL BE SHADES OF GRAY. I REPEAT, "NO COLORS", so all this ignorant fighting over racism, prejudice,creed, color........will all fall by the wayside. SO I WILL CLING TO THE OLD RUGGED CROSS,TILL MY TROUBLES AT LAST I .......LAY DOWN........SIGNED ANGEL WINGS/ BLESSED WINGS...........THANK YOU, JESUS, FOR ONLY 1 IN 10 EVER THANKED YOU.....I also apologize for the uneducated, & cold hearted who pin themselves against God 's WORDS. AMEN.....

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