Let’s look at Esther, from the Old Testament. She was made the queen.
The book of Esther doesn’t one time refer to the name of God, neither is there a relating to God or a specifying of prayer. Still, the whole book is energized through with His Presence and protection. This exciting story is told so masterfully that it is difficult to avoid the meaning. The story is entitled to speak for itself without any advocates and therefore makes an even deeper impact on the reader.
Esther’s real name was Hadassah. In Persia, she was known as “Esther” which meant “Ishtar” or “Venus.” No uncertainty the name was given to her because of her great beauty. The Israelites’ continuance was being endangered by a deranged Jew-hater. Haman planned to kill all the Jews and promised a large prize to obtain the king’s support. His plan failed because, not know to him, God had provided the king a Jewish wife. Haman was executed by hanging in his own noose. The message sounds out clearly that God protects His people.
Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, is a powerful spiritual might in the story. In the hour of darkest crisis, he charges Esther to rise to the situation still at the danger of her life. He cautions her that she was called to the kingdom for only the like of a trial as this. In summary, it is obvious to see that Mordecai was accurate. His moving words sound out in our ears today.
In a conflicted-haunted world, we, also, are summoned to the Kingdom for such a time as this. May we respond as Esther did, in unselfish devotion to our Christ.
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