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Esther is filled with romance, adventure and danger

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The story of Esther is filled with romance, adventure, and danger. It gives us a dramatic account that can give us insight into God’s special and purposeful plan for our lives.

Esther was an orphan Jew raised by her cousin Mordecai in Persia.
At that time they were minority in Persia and the Jews suffered much racial hatred.

When we read Esther’s story, we read as Esther being beautiful and given the royal position of Queen.

But we never forget from where she came from.
She was orphaned.
She had suffered great loss, even at a young age.

She was then moved away from her home, her family, her people, and all she knew; and she was taken to the King’s palace, given the load of expectation to succeed. But yet she had incredible hardship. Her people faced great tragedy and destruction. She surely felt very alone. She faced trial after trial through out her life.

God is always at work even when we can’t see the whole story.
God’s blessings is greater than our troubles

God is the only One who has the power to turn trials into blessings.

Even though Ether had an odd factor in her life as orphan, God used her to bring Him glory and to fulfill His plans. God doesn’t care about our background; God uses imperfect people like to bring Him glory and to fulfill His plans. God created us with specific gifts, talents, and circumstances to use us to bring Him glory. God wants us to have faith in Him and trust Him that He will use us to glorify His name.

One other thing I noticed here is, Why did Esther keep on delayed to tell the her request to King❓ The King was in a good mood, eager to grant her anything she wants. But still she waited for 3 days. She was aware of her purpose in life... and she holded back to pray, fast, and wait for God’s direction, then act on the wisdom He provides. Esther could have made her request there and then, but she didn’t want to rush. She didn't want to do anything under EMOTION. She prayed and fasted for 3 days. May be we are struggling with great fear or uncertainty. May be our future look dark. But remember, God positioned us in our current situation with a great purpose in.

Begin looking for the Lord’s hand in our life.
He is working out His plan, sometimes silently and softly.

We are not insignificant in God’s eyes.

Jooley Mathew 

The Girl Child

ESTHER 2:7 And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah,that is,Esther,his Uncle's daughter,for she had neither father nor mother.The young woman was lovely and beautiful.When her father and mother died,Mordecai took her up as his own daughter.

As we celebrated NATIONAL GIRL CHILD DAY yesterday, reading the book of Esther was most rewarding.

Esther, an orphan girl, was brought up by her Uncle Mordecai.

He took her as his own daughter

Esther was not neglected but was taken good care by her uncle(.It is written'The young woman was lovely and beautiful')

Mordecai had good plans for her, he took note of the King's decree and immediately acted upon it and brought Esther into the palace.
Esther was taught to be obedient, she did not reveal her family background as her uncle had warned her.She followed his instructions.
She was taught patience too, she waited for her turn,she did not overdo things to please the King but patiently followed the rules.

She had a good presence of mind, she immediately informed the King about the plot of killing him and put in a word for Mordecai.

The Girl Child was elevated to the position of a Queen,all credit goes to Mordecai who adopted, cared for,taught her ways of life and brought her up in the best way to be presented before the King

Mordecai's house was a Finnishing School for the young girl Esther who one day had to walk the ramp in the Kings palace.

In India adopting a girl child is one of the most debating issue.

Female foeticide is one of the most common and dreadful happenings.

When my daughter was wished 'Happy Girl Child Day' She immediately retorted 'whats the point in wishing, can any girl move out alone fearlessly?

What is more heartbreaking is, orphanages are not anymore a secured place too.
As a minority community have we turned our backs to such alarming issues?

Do we have a Mordecai among us❓
Can we take the example of Mordecai and set a trend❓

Regards, Suneeta.

January 24th is celebrated as National Girl Child Day

 This is the Time!

"And who knows but that You have come to royal position for such a time as this." (Esther 4: 14)

God has a definite purpose in everyone 's life.

When we read the book of Esther we will be inspired to ask ourselves, to what great purpose God has brought us to this world and are we cooperating with Him in doing His will

▶The time had come for Esther to present her petition to her husband, King Xerxes on behalf of her Jewish people.

She was afraid to undertake that work because she might lose her own life.

But Mordecai who had brought her up, encouraged her, saying that probably she had been raised up of God for that particular mission.

"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4: 14)

▶Esther had her God-appointed work-to save the Jewish people from becoming extinct.
And she did it risking her life.
 What is the mission God has appointed for each one of us in such a time as this?

Esther did her role well in the palace.

Mordecai did his part well outside the palace and at the king 's gate.

Are we doing the work God has assigned for us in the place He has ordained for us?

C. H. Spurgeon said, "God has put each one of us in the right place, even as a good captain well arranges the different parts of his army, and though we do not know his plan of battle it will be seen during the conflict that he has placed each soldier where he should be."

Dear friends, Let us remember that we are very much in our position as Esther was to the Jews. Mordecai told her that if she did not do her part God would do it through someone else and put her away.

And so it is with us.

If we procrastinate God's work or neglect doing it He will put us away from our position of honor and appoint someone to do His mission.

Let us not lose the great privilege of serving the King of kings!

Let us humbly say to God, "Lord what do you want me to do? Here I am ready to do Your will in the place where you have kept me"

 Manjula Premraj, Chennai

ESTHER: Victor in the Lord

A few days earlier we read about the Persian Emperor Cyrus the Great, who helped many Jews return from captivity, back to Jerusalem. His son was Darius I, and grandson was Ahasuerus [in Hebrew language (Xerxes in Greek/ Khshayarshan in Persian)].

{History teaches us that Darius I failed in his fight against Greece. Now, Emperor AHASUERUS, the Persian Ruler, was in-charge of a big area that was divided into 20 satrapies, which were further divided into numerous provinces. His aim was to be ruler of the world. For that he had to first defeat Greece, and avenge his father's death. So he threw lavish parties and banquets to people who mattered then, to the princes and rulers, military and political masters}.

Ahasuerus ruled over the Persian Empire from 486 to 465 BC. Like most monarchs of that day, Ahasuerus was obviously a proud man too with such a big Empire to rule, and we saw three evidences of his pride in the first chapter. One of the banquets was for the women of Shushan (Susa in Greek) (v. 1:9), presided over by Queen Vashti.

Along with these three banquets, at least six other feasts are recorded in this book, including:
1) Esther’s coronation banquet (2:18);
2) Haman’s celebration feast with the king (3:15);
3) & 4) Esther’s two banquets for Haman and the king (chaps. 5 and 7);
5) the Jews’ banquets when they heard the new decree (8:17); and
6) the Feast of Purim (9:17–19).
It’s wonderful how God can accomplish His eternal purposes through such a familiar activity as people eating and drinking! (See 1 Corinthians 10:31)

What was the purpose behind the banquet for the nobles and top officials of the empire? We don't know, but Ahasuerus might have been conferring with his leaders about a possible invasion of Greece. Diplomacy of a different kind. In some history book, I read about a Greek historian Herodotus mentioning it. We don't know for sure. Yeah, Ahasuerus did have an eye on ancient Europe.

It's a different matter that Ahasuerus lost badly very soon. All hopes of being a world ruler were shattered. People in authority need to remember that all authority comes from God (Romans 13:1) and that God alone is in complete control.?

When we revise the Bible, we'll know...
1) Pharaoh had to learn that lesson the hard way in Egypt (Exodus 7:3–5);
2) Nebuchadnezzar had to learn it in Babylon (Daniel 3–4);
3) Belshazzar learned it at his blasphemous banquet (Daniel 5);
4) Sennacherib learned it at the gates of Jerusalem (Isaiah 36–37); and
5) Herod Agrippa I learned it as he died, being eaten by worms (Acts 12:20–23).

✝ Every man or woman in a place of authority is second in command, for Jesus Christ is Lord of all. What God gives, He takes it away one day! So what we have, it's a lesson not to be very proud of our possessions, positions, accomplishments... There are many in the world who don't have so many things many of us have. But one day, we'll all lose everything. Till then, let's thank God for everything. 

Then we read about Esther and her troubles, being a victim to a victor. It's a nice story to read. So don't miss it. What we read is that the Lord had brought Esther and Mordecai to the Persian Kingdom “for such a time as this,” and they were prepared to act. The Jews were only 15 million, among the 100 million Persians. If you examine history well, God’s people have always been a minority; however being “one with God is a majority.” We are all in the minority category. But when we have our almighty God with us, suddenly we become a majority! Agree???

In the story of Esther, we see many recognitions happening. God has assured us that He’s in control of all circumstances in and around our lives and that He will write the last chapter of our story. If God doesn’t promote us here on earth, He certainly will when we get to glory✨

It's noteworthy to realise that wealth, prestige, and personal security could never satisfy Esther so long as her people were still in danger. To her, the most important thing in life was not her comfort but their deliverance, and she couldn’t rest until the matter was settled. How unlike some believers among us today who ignore the needs of a lost world while they search for new ways to spend money and have fun!⚖

They think that attending church and bringing their offerings fulfills their Christian responsibilities and gives them the freedom to do whatever they please with the rest of their time and money. We need more people like Esther whose burden for condemned people was greater than any other thing in her life. 

Esther couldn’t do everything, but she could do something and what she could do, she did. That's what matters. When it is in our power to do something, we must do it. She approached the throne of the king and asked him to reverse the edict that Haman had devised. It was her INTERCEDING AT THE THRONE that saved the people of Israel from slaughter. She was asking nothing for herself, except that the king save her people and deliver her from the heavy burden on her heart. 

Esther’s example encourages us to come to God’s throne and intercede on behalf of others, especially the nations of the world where lost souls need to be delivered from death. One concerned person's timely and devotion to prayer can make a great difference in this world, for prayer is the key that releases the power of God. The world needs a great healing. Would that prayer warrior be one among us? Let our pride don't cause our failure. Pray..! Yet you do not have because you do not ask (James 4:2 NKJV).

Pray, Be Concerned & Be Blessed.

- Bob, Bangalore

Esther 7:3  "Then Queen Esther answered," If I have found favour with you, O King, and it it pleases your majesty, grant me my life-this is my petition and spare my people-this is my request"

The book of Esther is the story of how a young orphaned Israelite girl from the tribe of Benjamin, who rose from being a former prisoner in exile to the Queen of Persia and saved the Jewish race.
Esther was chosen to be the Queen of King Xexes who ruled an empire stretching from India to Ethiopia. Esther's role in the saving of Jewish people came after,Haman managed to get a decree to kill all of the Jews throughout the Persian Empire in view of taking revenge on Mordecai, who did not bow down before Him.

God caused Mordecai to be remembed favourably and publically honoured by the King. When King requested Esther's petition, she pleaded for the lives of her people and herself, accused Haman, revealed that she is a Jew and requested deliverance. (Esther: 1:1-6)

Xerxes condemned Haman and honoured Esther and Mordecai. Esther was directly chosen by God to avert the destruction of His people, from whom came the ancestors of Jesus Christ.

Esther displayed a submissive authority and found favour in the sight of all that looked upon her.  (Esther: 2: 15) she was a Godly woman who sought God's guidance through fasting and prayer. She was willing to use her position of influence to do good, to sacrifice and risk her life to save her people.

We have to use our positions, circumstances, and opportunities to save the people who are condemned to death because of their sin. We need to wait for God's timing in doing things.

The book of Esther gives us certain visions: 
⚡ God has a plan for our lives.
⚡ We are given divine moments to alter circumstances.
⚡ We must stand with courage in all situations.
⚡ Fasting and prayer brings clarity and hope for deliverance.
⚡ God always demands our obedience.
⚡ God uses everything and everybody for His divine purposes.

Dr. Thomas David

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