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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 Kings 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 be blessed with His abounding love and mercy. My prayer for you is that you always know how valuable you are to Him and how needed you are 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 truly 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 neighborhood 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 a mass genocide. God had a plan for Hadassah (Esther), a little orphan girl living in exile with her cousin Mordecai. This is proof that once God sets His eyes on someone there is no one that 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 has now been crowned the Queen of Persia. She was now in the most powerful position a woman during her time could obtain. She was in a position where she could be a political influence in the nation’s government, because she was the King’s wife.  She could have a major impact on the King’s decision, especially if she obtained the king’s trust. Which, she does by being obedient and letting herself be guided by her cousin, who had raised her like his own daughter, Mordecai.

Esther now lives in a beautiful palace, in her own 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 neighborhood, which he would have to call to come inside when it started getting dark.   He was a concerned parent, and wanted to make sure Esther was being taken good care of. 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 still worry about them. They still make sure they are well. 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, his little queen even before she was ever crowned.  Esther was blessed to have someone like Mordecai in her life. She may not have had her mother or her father, but she had Mordecai, who became her father in her life. For this reason, I believe Esther respected Mordecai very much; he was a good father to her. She appreciated him and it shows in her obedience towards him.  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 over hears two Eunuchs conspiring against the 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 the King, they were his royal officials. They were like his policemen, or like his security.  In order 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 that they have against the King, and Esther notifies King Ahasuerus right away. She lets the King know that it was Mordecai who alerted her. The King then does an investigation, and all that Mordecai had said the eunuchs where plotting was true.  The King sends for the two eunuchs to be hung and acknowledges Mordecai in his royal books for his loyalty.

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 very important 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 like 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 what a good friend or parent should act like. God lets us know that the second most important commandment is to love thy neighbor like we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40) If we are being counseled like Esther was, then let us take her example and have an obedient 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 the apostle Paulo says that we should esteem others as better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Basically, respect everyone even if we disagree with them with a humble attitude.

God placed Mordecai in Esther’s life, 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 have 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 very strong. 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 especially because an evil man named Haman would be the persecutor to rise up against the Jewish people. Haman was highly respected 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 to not only kill Mordecai, but he wants to kill the entire race of Mordecai.  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 should be murdered.  He made the King think it was for the good of the kingdom, but in reality, Haman was just trying to fulfill his own 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 that they will be murdered. It only took one person’s hatred to spark an entire mass murder decree. One person influenced another one who sadly was easily persuaded.  This is where we see how opposite a good influencer is to an evil one. Mordecai was all about saving people’s lives and Haman was all about murdering those same people.  Therefore, we must know our advisors and who are our 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 hearing that not only will they be killed, but their innocent children will be killed. It’s a moment of panic for these people. It seems that all 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 the song 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”. God is never mentioned in this book, but His presence is so visible throughout the entire story.

The time has finally come for our little Hadassah to take her place among the Heroine’s 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. This was Esther’s for such a time as this moment… 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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