Just finished reading the story of Esther – I’ve read it many times before, but wanted the review . Read it in The Message translation this time. Here’s what I found:
A powerful king…an unwilling queen…a greedy political figure – highest ranking official appointed by the king…a faithful Jewish man of God…a beautiful Jewish orphan girl.
A violent society…long history of killing people who worship God…oppression…parties, parties, parties…intimate dinner parties…scheming evil men…faithful praying men – willing to risk it all.
Beauty Pagent – the winning prize, become the queen! Not too shabby.
Kill all the Jews. Starting with the hanging of one where all could see.
Refusing to bow before a king.
Pleading for a people!
And more…beautiful girl wins powerful man’s heart. Mystery, murder, evil scheming, faithful praying, courageous court appearance, thwarted court orders…
There are many twists and turns in the story, but in a dramatic turnaround, the plot fails. Message to the story – You can’t eliminate God’s people. No matter how many of them you kill, you can’t get rid of the communities of God-honoring, God-serving, God-worshiping people scattered all over the earth. This is still the final and definitive word. (taken from The Message)
Most of us haven’t had to plead before a king for our lives and for our people’s lives. We live in comfort and take for granted the life we have. I think too many of us are growing fat and lazy in a spiritual sense (maybe other sense too…but that’s a different post). I was reminded in reading the story that I need to be prepared, filled with God’s word, engaged in daily deep prayer, because you never know when uncertain times approach or where God will call you to live out your faith. Would I have had the courage Esther had to risk my life for my people? Would I have had the faith Mordecai had to offer a young girl in a risky plan to save his people? To stand up to a King’s court and refuse to bow except to the one true God? Seems far fetched, but I realize that Esther and Mordecai didn’t just wake up one day with the faith that changed the nation, I would expect they intentionally fed on God’s word and His principles for their lives daily so that when it was needed, their faith could stand and ultimately a whole nation was impacted. Wow! And some people think the Bible is boring. Hmmmm…