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My Past Does Not Determine My Future: Continuation: ESTHER

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This entry is the continuation of Queen Esther’s story. In the last entry, I wrote about how Esther captured the King’s heart. In this entry, I will write about what God has taught me about Esther’s obedience and Mordecai’s guidance in her life. I ask God that you may always abound in His love and mercy. I pray, may you always know how valuable and needed you are. Especially for such a time as the one we are living in for the salvation of many. You are as important to God as our beautiful Queen Esther was to Him. To Jesus, our value never changes. I pray in Jesus’ name that you are beyond blessed and may always feel as loved as you indeed are by the Lord. May God always bless you!

For Such a Time as This: Walk with the Wise

Proverbs 31:29-31

29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I can picture Esther when she was a little girl. I can see her running around her neighbourhood with all her little friends playing and laughing. Much like her, some of them might have lost their parents as well. Never in her young mind could she have imagined that one day God would place in her hands the task of delivering all her little friends and her entire race from mass genocide. God had a plan for Hadassah (Esther), a little orphan girl living in exile with her cousin Mordecai. She is proof that once God sets His eyes on someone, no one can stand in His way. God had set His eyes on Hadassah (Esther).

Forwarding Esther’s story to where we left off on the last entry, we see that she is now the Queen of Persia. She is in the most powerful position a woman during her time could obtain. She was in a place where she could be political influence in the nation’s government because she was the King’s wife. She could have a significant impact on the King’s decision, especially if she obtained his trust. Eventually, she does by being obedient to her cousin Mordecai.

Esther now lives in a beautiful palace, in a royal chamber. She is royalty and now gets to live a lavish life. Where she is, it seems like she is safe and secure from any danger. After all, who could hurt her? She was the Queen.

Mordecai, who is the one who raised Esther, each day, goes to check on her by the palace. He loves Esther; to him, she is his daughter. She is that little messy-haired girl running around the neighbourhood, which often would have to call to come inside when it started getting dark. He was a concerned parent and wanted to make sure Esther was safe. He did not care if she was in the palace; he still was concerned for her. Just like any parent, no matter how old their children become, they always worry about them. It might have taken hours for him to hear any word about Esther, but he would not leave unless he got news of how she was. He was not able to see her as often anymore, but he made sure he found a way to check on her. Esther was his little girl and had always been his little Queen. Esther was blessed to have someone like Mordecai in her life. She appreciated him, and it shows in her obedience. She could have forgotten about him once she was Queen, but she doesn’t. Both of them show a beautiful relationship between a parent and a child. It shows us what a good relationship God and His children can have.

On one of Mordecai’s trips to the palace, he overhears two Eunuchs conspiring against King Ahasuerus’s life (Esther’s husband). These two Eunuchs devise a plot on how they will assassinate the King, and Mordecai hears the entire conversation that they have. The eunuchs were angry at the King. Both of them had easy access to him, they were his royal officials. They were like his policemen, or like his security. For Mordecai to have been able to hear this conversation, most likely, he gained a position (job) in the palace that gave him access to enter inside the King’s royal courts. Who knows? Maybe Esther helped Mordecai obtain this job position. Mordecai alerts Esther about this evil plot, and she notifies King Ahasuerus right away. She lets the King know that it was Mordecai who informed her. The King then does an investigation, and all that Mordecai had said the eunuchs where plotting was actual. The King sends for the two eunuchs, and both are executed.

Mordecai knew that the King’s life was in danger; therefore, he knew so would Esther’s life be in danger as well. He quickly went to notify her, and she was wise to listen and inform the King. It is essential to allow those special people God has placed in our life to guide us, and for us to be willing to listen to their advice. The people who God places in our life to guide us will always want the best for us. Just like Mordecai was watching out for Esther, these people God places in our life will be watching out for our well being. They will bring us closer to God and not draw us away from Him. They will help us reach our purpose in God with prayer and a joyful attitude. They will not make us conspire against our brothers or sisters as those two eunuchs did against the King Ahasuerus. If we are the ones in Mordecai’s position, then let us serve whole heartily our brethren and use Mordecai as an example of how to be a good parent and friend. God gave us the second most important commandment to love thy neighbour as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). If, like Esther, we have counsellors, then let us take her example and have a respectful attitude towards our superiors (example-parents, wife, husband, pastors). God will reward obedience, for that is more valuable to Him than any other sacrifice. Even if someone is not our leader, apostle Paulo says that we should esteem others as better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). We should respect everyone, even if we disagree with them.

God placed Mordecai in Esther’s life, and if it were not for him looking out for her well being, then she would have never found out that those two eunuchs were planning to kill her husband. If Mordecai stopped worrying about Esther, then he would not have found out that the King’s life was in danger and thus, so would Esther’s life be. All they had was each other for a long time, and the bond of a father and daughter in them was solid. No matter life’s circumstance, they did not change towards each other. They had gone through soo much together; they made a family out of a broken family.

After all the drama of the plot to kill the King, Esther gained her husband’s trust even more now. He had a reason to trust her and her cousin Mordecai. This trust would be important mainly because an evil man named Haman would be the persecutor to rise against the Jewish people. Haman was held in high regard by King Ahasuerus and had just been promoted by the King to hold a position higher than all of the other princes that were with him. Therefore all the workers paid homage to Haman after his promotion and bowed before him. The only one who would not bow before him was Mordecai; this infuriated Haman to the point where he wants not only to kill him but wants to kill Mordecai’s entire race. So what does Haman do?

After this event, Haman manipulates the King to sign an order with his ring that declared all the Jewish people are to be murdered. He made the King think it was for the good of the kingdom, but in reality, Haman was trying to fulfill his cynical agenda. If we go more in-depth into Haman’s lineage, it is revealed to us why he hated the Jewish. But, hopefully, in the future, I can write about that topic, which would include, what can happen if we do not deal with our issues.

Therefore it is made known to all the Jews about this decree. It only took one person’s hatred to spark an entire mass murder. One person influenced another one effortlessly. Haman’s actions show us how opposite a positive influencer is to an evil one. Mordecai was all about saving people’s lives, and Haman was all about murdering them. Therefore, we must be cautious about who are our advisors and influencers. God is all about love, and the enemy is all about hate. God is all about saving, restoring, renewing, and forgiving. The devil is all about destroying, accusing, murdering, and hurting. The devil will always have a Haman to try to destroy, but God will always have an Esther and Mordecai ready to stand up against evil.

There is a cry out from the Jewish people about this decree. Parents hear that not only will they be killed, but their innocent children will also. It’s a moment of panic for these people. It seems that everything is about to be lost. When this news comes to the ears of Mordecai, he drops down and starts mourning. Poor man, he had gone through soo much already. His heart must have just dropped to his feet. It was happening all over again to his people, and right now, it seemed hopeless for salvation to come. But wait! He remembered Queen Esther, and she is a sign of hope for everyone.

Here is where we truly see how God is working in the background of the book of Esther. Like a song named Way Maker says, “Even when I don’t see Him, He is working, even when I don’t feel it He is working, He NEVER STOPS WORKING.” There is no mention of God in this story, but His presence is visible throughout the entire narrative.

The time has finally come for our little Hadassah to take her place among the Heroines of the bible. It is her time to speak and break the silence. It is not a coincidence her Persian name Esther means Star, for she would be the light to shine in a moment of darkness for innocent people. God had set His eye on this Queen, and no matter her past, it never changed God’s plans for her future. Esther’s for such a time as this moment arrived.

 

TO BE CONTINUED … PART 3 “For Such a Time as This: For if you remain completely silent at this time.”

When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2 He went as far as the front of the king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. 4 So Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her, and the queen was deeply distressed. Esther 4:1-4

 

God bless you greatly,

Glenda Palma Rodas ❤

For the Story of our beautiful queen, you can read it in her very own book in the bible named ESTHER.

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