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God places His people for His purposes!

Scripture reading for May 13: Esther1-2

The story of Esther takes place in Persia during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah when the 50,000 Jews were rebuilding the temple and walls in Jerusalem.  It never mentions the name of God, but God’s presence is implied and felt throughout the story.  It is the story of ordinary Jewish people who were trying to be faithful to God while they lived in a foreign land.  The story shows God was moving among His people and turning all circumstances, even those appearing evil, for their good.  (Romans 8:28) 

God put Esther, a beautiful virgin and Jew, in the palace of the pagan king of Persia.  Ahasuerus, the king, liked to drink and boast of his wealth and possessions, and his women!  He called for his beautiful queen, Vashti, to come and display herself before the nobles who were drinking with him, but Queen Vashti refused.  The king was furious and sought counsel as to what to do about this offense.  It was decided that she must be made a public example so that other women would not get the idea that they could disobey their husbands and show them disrespect.  Queen Vashti was removed from her royal position and was never to come into the king’s presence again!  As a result of this, a search was made for the most beautiful and suitable woman to take the queen’s place.  God exalted Esther, a Jew, to this place of honor!

Why was the king was so upset?  In that culture, women were expected to be totally obedient to their husbands.  This disrespect by disobedience was not tolerated!  In the pagan culture, no conviction of right or wrong could stop the king from having what he wanted!  All the men in power agreed about that and felt threatened by the queen’s action!  They felt that they needed to take action to protect themselves and their way of life. (Esther 1:18-20)

But God used the culture of that day to accomplish His purposes.  He removed the one queen, probably protecting her for her stand of faith.  He placed Esther, a godly Jew, in the place of influence and gave her favor in order to bring about the deliverance of all His people!  (Esther 2:17)  As a godly Jew, Esther knew how to obey the king and still remain loyal to her God.  By faith she became an example of a woman true to her people and to God! Her story is written down to help believers understand God’s protective ways.

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God at work to accomplish His will!

Scripture reading for May 14th: Esther 1-2

The story of Esther takes place in Persia during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah when the Jews were rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.  It never mentions the name of God, but God’s presence is implied and felt throughout the story.  It is the story of ordinary Jewish people who are trying to be faithful to their God while they live in a foreign land.

This story begins with a king of Persia who liked to drink, boast of his wealth, and evidently his women, too!  He called for his beautiful queen, Vashti, to come and display herself before the nobles who were drinking with her husband.  Queen Vashti refused to do what he asked.  The king was furious and sought counsel as to what to do about this offense.  It was decided that she must be made a public example so that other women would not get the idea that they could disobey their husbands and show them disrespect.  Queen Vashti was removed from her royal position, never to come into the king’s presence again!  A search was made for the most beautiful and suitable woman to take the queen’s place.  God exalted Esther, a Jew, to this place of honor!

In today’s culture, what Vashti did would have been totally acceptable!  She did not want to be eye candy for a group of men that were already inflamed by wine.   But in that culture, women were expected to be totally obedient to their husbands and disrespect (disobedience) was not tolerated!  In the pagan culture, all the men in power felt threatened by the queen’s action!  They took action to protect themselves and their way of life. (Esther 1:18-20)

But God used the culture of that day to accomplish his purposes.  He removed Vashti, protecting her for her stand of faith.  He placed Esther in the place of influence and gave her favor in order to bring about the deliverance of all his people!  (Esther 2:17)  As a godly Jew, Esther knew how to obey the king and still remain loyal to her God.  By faith she became to all an example  of a woman true to her people and to her God!

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Public example!

Scripture reading for May 14th: Esther1-2

Esther lived in Persia during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah when the 50,000 Jews were rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.  It is the story of ordinary Jewish people who are trying to be faithful to their God while they live in a foreign land.  Although God is not mentioned,  He is turning all circumstances to work out for the good of those who love Him.  (Romans 8:28)

God puts Esther, a  beautiful Jewish virgin,  in the palace of the king of Persia.  The king liked to drink and boast of his wealth and evidently his women, too!  He called for his beautiful queen, Vasti, to come and display herself before the nobles who were drinking with him.  Queen Vasti refused!  The king and his nobles decided that she must be made a public example so that other women would not get the idea that they could disrespect their husbands.  Queen Vasti was removed from her royal position and never allowed into the king’s presence again!  As a result of this, a search was made for the most beautiful woman to take the queen’s place.  God exhalted Esther to this place of honor!

In today’s culture, what Vasti did would have been totally acceptable!  She did not want to be eye candy for this group that were already inflamed by wine.  She had her principles and stuck by them.  She would have been commended by all today, especially Christians!

However, in that culture, women were expected to be totally obedient to their husbands.  In the pagan culture, nothing could stop the king from having what he wanted!  All the men in power agreed about that and felt threatened by the queen’s action!  They felt that they needed to take action to protect themselves and their way of life. (Esther 1:18-20)

God used the culture of that day to accomplish His purposes.  He removed the one queen, probably protecting her for her stand of faith.  He placed Esther, a godly Jew, in the place of influence and gave her favor in order to bring about the deliverance of all his people!  (Esther 2:17)  As a godly Jew, Esther learned how to obey the king and still remained  loyal to her God.  By faith she has become a Christian example  of a woman true to her people and to God!

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Beauty Contest

Scripture reading for May 14th: Esther 1-2

The story of  Esther concerns a plot by Haman, an official of Xerxes King of Persia, to do away with the Jews.  Hatred of God’s people has been going on for years.  The warfare is a spiritual conflict backed by Satan to kill, steal, and destroy people.  God works behind the scenes to bring about His purposes and protect His people!  God used a beauty contest to place Esther where she could help!

King Xerxes was a very vain man who loved to party and celebrate.  Along with the partying came drinking and boasting.  He loved to show off the wealth of his kingdom!  (Esther 1:4)  He threw an elaborate party that lasted seven days.  During the seventh day, after drinking much wine, he commanded his eunuchs to bring Queen Vashti, his wife to display her before the nobles.  The queen refused!  (Esther 1:12)  This infuriated the King and he banished her from his presence and began a search for another queen who would submit to his demands.

King Xerxes wanted a woman of beauty who could please him and so he conducted a beauty contest of a sort.  Women were brought into his harem and had to undergo 12 months of beauty treatments and preparation before being brought before the King.  Many women were gathered and placed under the care of the eunuchs who ran the harem.  (Esther 2:2-4)  Among these women was a Jewish girl named Esther.  She had been raised by her uncle Mordecai and was very beautiful.  Mordecai told Esther not to reveal her identity because the Jews were exiles in the land and he was concerned for her safety.

Of all the beautiful women being prepared, Esther had favor with Hegai, the harem manager.  When the time came, Esther had favor with the King as well.  God knows how to promote His people to place them where they are needed!

This interesting story highlights beauty that brought Esther to prominence.  Women who love God and serve Him are given a beauty that comes from His presence and Spirit.  Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was so beautiful that she was desired by kings for her beauty even in old age!  (Genesis 12:11-14)  Peter tells women to let their beauty come from the gentle and quiet spirit of their inner self and he uses Sarah as an example.  (1st Peter 3:3-6)  God’s beauty program is best!

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Public example!

Scripture reading for May 14th: Esther1-2

Esther is an interesting book of the Bible.  It takes place in Persia during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah when the 50,000 Jews were rebuilding the temple and walls in Jerusalem.  It never mentions the name of God, but God’s presence is implied and felt throughout the story.  It is the story of ordinary Jewish people who are trying to be faithful to their God while they live in a foreign land.  As they live out their lives, God is moving and turning all circumstances to work out for the good of those who love Him.  (Romans 8:28)  Even things that look like they are evil!

The first two chapters deal with how God puts Esther, a beautiful virgin and Jew, in the palace of the king of Persia.  This story tells of a partying king who liked to drink and boast of his wealth and possessions, and evidently of his women, too!  He called for his beautiful queen, Vasti, to come and display herself before the nobles who were drinking with her husband.  Queen Vasti refused to do what he asked.  The king was furious and sought counsel as to what to do about this offense.  It was decided that she must be made a public example so that other women would not get the idea that they could disobey their husbands and show them disrespect.  Queen Vasti was removed from her royal position and was never to come into the king’s presence again!  As a result of this, a search was made for the most beautiful and suitable woman to take the queen’s place.  God then exalts Esther, a Jew, to this place of honor!

Let’s talk about this example.  In today’s culture, what Vasti did would have been totally acceptable!  She probably felt disrespected herself by her husband’s desire to display her before a group of drunken men.  She did not want to be eye candy for this group that were already inflamed by wine.  She had her principles and stuck by them.  She would have her rights as well as the king.  She would have been commended by all today, especially Christians!

How is it that the king was so upset?  In that culture, women were expected to be totally obedient to their husbands.  This disrespect by disobedience was not tolerated!  In the pagan culture, no conviction of right or wrong could stop the king from having what he wanted!  All the men in power agreed about that and felt threatened by the queen’s action!  They felt that they needed to take action to protect themselves and their way of life. (Esther 1:18-20)

God used the culture of that day to accomplish his purposes.  He removed the one queen, probably protecting her for her stand of faith.  He placed Esther, a godly Jew, in the place of influence and gave her favor in order to bring about the deliverance of all his people!  (Esther 2:17)  As a godly Jew, Esther knew how to obey the king and still remain loyal to her God.  By faith she became to all an example  of a woman true to her people and to God!

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