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 Issue #74 Tue, 28 Feb 2006

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PostSubject: Issue #74 Tue, 28 Feb 2006   March 11th 2007, 23:25

The Story of Queen Esther

Dear Youth,

Today I would like to share with you a story from the Bible, the story of Esther, the orphan girl who became queen. We can learn much by looking at the lives of Bible characters, and so today as we take a look at this story, try and apply the same principles that we find in this story to your own life.

King Ahasuerus had put on a feast for all the noble men of his court. No doubt the tables would have been loaded with the most exotic food of the time, and there was also plenty of wine. While the king and his guests were enjoying the banquet, the queen was also entertaining all the ladies of the court. "Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus" (Esther 1:9).

During the feast, the king sent for Vashti to be paraded in front of all the noble men that had come to the king's banquet. Vashti refused knowing she could not obey the king. But the next morning Vashti found out that she was no longer queen. She had been banished from the courts of the king.

After banishing Vashti from his courts, the king immediately went about finding a new queen. He sent out a decree ordering all the beautiful young maidens of the land to appear before him at the palace, and he would choose a new queen from among them. One of the girls to answer this decree was Esther the orphan girl. Her parents had died when she was very young and her uncle Mordecai had taken her to live with him. Esther was a very beautiful girl and Mordecai was sure that she would stand a good chance at being chosen. The Bible says; "And the maid was fair and beautiful" (Esther 2:7).

At last it was Esther's turn to appear before the king, "And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti" (Esther 2: 17). Esther was chosen to be queen!

"After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman…and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. And all the king's servants that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence. And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath"(Esther 3:1,2,5). Mordecai would not bow down to any man, because he knew that God was the only one who should be worshipped. This really got Haman mad, and he devised a plot to kill all the Jews in the land. " And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of the kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them. If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries. And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman" (Esther 3:8-10).

Mordecai, who worked in the king's palace, informed Esther about Haman's plot, and begged her to try and do something to help her people. He told her " Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14). Finally after three days of fasting and praying Esther was ready, she would go into the king and ask him to save her people. She knew the consequences that could come out of this act. For the rule was that anyone who entered the king's throne room without being summoned would be killed.

Esther was standing at the door of the king's throne room; calmly she opens the door and enters, prepared for what could happen. But to her surprise, the king smiles at the sight of his beautiful queen. He extends his scepter to her, a sign of welcome. Esther invites the king to a banquet and there she invites him to another, finally she tells the king of Haman's plot, and she tells him that she is a Jew and asks him to be merciful and to save her people. The king is enraged that anyone would try to kill his queen and her people, so he sends out the decree that the Jews should defend themselves against anyone who should try to harm them on the day that Haman had planned to kill the Jews.

And with God's help the Jews were saved. Esther the brave queen had saved her people.

Esther was not afraid to stand up for what she believed and to risk her life to save the lives of her people. She was ready to do what she could, she said; "And so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish". (Esther 4:16). It was God who gave her the strength to carry out her will. For the Bible says: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13). God will give us the strength to do His work, all we have to do is ask and He will hear us and enable us to do His will.

"Through Esther the queen, the Lord accomplished a mighty deliverance for His people. At a time when it seemed that no power could save them, Esther and the women associated with her, by fasting and prayer and prompt action, met the issue, and brought salvation to their people" (Daughters of God p.45).

God is looking for dedicated people today who are willing to stand up for what is right and risk their lives for the cause of God. And Jesus will be with us wherever we go, for He has promised in Matthew 28:20 "And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world".

--Talisa Jackson
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