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In the last two sections, we learned that God is sovereign and has a divine plan and purpose for Esther and for all of us. In God’s providence, He exalted a lovely young orphan girl to the throne of the Persian Empire for a purpose she did not know.
Through the example of Esther’s year of preparation, we learned how to spiritually purify and cleanse our soul in preparing for God’s presence. As Esther found intimacy with the king, she realized that she also had influence with him. As Charles Swindoll said in his book on Esther: “When God wants to do an impossible task, He takes an impossible person and crushes him.” (Woman of Strength and Dignity: Esther. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997, page 10).
The Persian name Esther means “star” and her Jewish name was Hadassah, which means “myrtle.” It was not uncommon for this subjugated people to take on Persian names. In an alien society, danger was never far away. In the year 479 B.C. Esther came to the king in the 10th month (the equivalent to our December/ January months). King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) was overwhelmed by her beauty, put the crown on her head and proclaimed a holiday for the wedding celebration. She found great favor with the king, but what she did not know was that with favor comes assignment!
Esther joined an esteemed group of Biblical characters whom God raised from obscurity into positions of honor and power.
— Joseph was introduced to the Egyptian court of Pharaoh as the second in command (see Genesis 41:38-44). His leadership meant food and prosperity for all the people in his land.
— Daniel was introduced to the court of Nebuchadnezzar as one of three governors over the land (see Daniel 6:2). His leadership was for new status and acceptance of the Jews.
— Esther was ushered into the Persian Court as Queen of all Persia. Esther’s leadership was for the preservation of the Jewish people—and our God did it all! It was God’s plan for each of their lives, for entire nations and even the world.
In his book, Finding Favor with the King, Tommy Tenney said that the “robe of righteousness is not altered to fit us, but we are altered to fit the robe of righteousness”! (Finding Favor with the King: Preparing For Your Moment In His Presence. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2003).
Even as God has a plan, purpose and destiny for each of us, so does Satan. The latter’s plan for our lives is to steal, kill and destroy, but we know that no weapon formed against us shall stand or prosper. We can be risk-takers for God!
Persia had a rough history regarding their monarchs. The father of Artaxerxes ha ...
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