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May 16, 2019

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Reading along with us in Esther? Here’s today’s reading:

Esther 2 (ESV)

After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her.......Continue Reading

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  1. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. 16And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, 17the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen

  2. Esther 2:5-6 (ESV)
    5  Now there was a Jew in Susa the citadel whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjaminite, 6  who had been carried away from Jerusalem among the captives carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away.

    I find it interesting that Mordecai remains in Persia and has not returned back to Jerusalem as have many others by this time. It goes to show that even though there are Jewish people who do return back to Israel, many remain in Persia as is evidenced by this book.

    I was also fascinated by the wedding ceremony. For instead of receiving gifts, the King gives gifts and gives a tax break. According to my notes this is a customary act.

    As I read through this I wonder of the conduct of Esther compared to the conduct of Daniel and his three friends. Daniel and his three friends chose not to participate in the king’s provision and followed the dietary laws of the Jews. There isn’t any indication that Esther did so here. Further, Esther and Mordecai both are not known to be Jews, so either the Persian culture didn’t see a kosher lifestyle as radically different, or Mordecai and Esther chose not to follow the dietary laws. Yet, God still uses them.

  3. So the plot thickens….It is amazing the objectivity that comes over us when anger subsides. That is why we are instructed to be angry but to not sin. Anger clouds our judgment and often times leads us to say or do things that we regret. It appears that’s where the king finds himself in verse 1. But before he could make a change in direction with regards to Vashti, his officials suggest something the king likes better. It is wise for us to be open to the counsel of others, but on the other hand be willing to stand by a wise decision regardless of what people think. But God is certainly using it to work His plan together. Esther is selected to be one of many young virgins, but then is granted favor with the guy in charge of preparing the ladies for the king. I’m sure that Esther had a lot going for her inside and out, but God is clearly working behind the scenes as well. He is able to give favor in the hearts of people for us too! We just need to be reflecting the character that He can then use.

    It is amazing the procedure and time they take to prepare these ladies for the king, huh? It just goes to show the level of regard and authority that kings had in that day. And yet that authority also made them a target, and there were always those who would seek to take them down and assassinate them. Mordecai discovers a plot and informs the king through Ester, generating favor in his mind for them…and eventually for God’s people!

  4. 20Esther had not made known her kindred or her people, as Mordecai had commanded her, for Esther obeyed Mordecai just as when she was brought up by him.

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