A Lesson From Esther, for Such a Time as This
CBN - This week, Jews around the world will celebrate the Holiday of Purim, which commemorates events chronicled in the biblical book of Esther. In our darkest days, if understood correctly, this fascinating story can serve as a beacon of hope and an inspiring call to action. The message of Esther is more relevant today than ever before.
The story takes place more than 2,000 years ago, while the Jewish people lived in Persian exile under the rule of King Xerxes. The king chose Esther, a young Jewish orphan, to be his wife. Under the direction of her Uncle Mordecai, Esther kept her Jewish identity secret. While Esther was queen, a wicked man named Haman plotted to kill all the Jewish people, and through a series of deceptions was granted permission by the king to do so.
Mordecai informed Esther of the threat and instructed her to go before the king and beg for mercy for her people. But Esther knew that anyone who appeared before the king without being summoned would be put to death unless the king favored them.
Mordecai called on Esther to boldly fulfill her duty with these stirring words: "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" Esther accepted the mission and ultimately succeeded in saving her people. Because of her, what was supposed to be the day of the Jewish people's destruction instead became the day of their deliverance.
It's interesting that God's name isn't mentioned in the book of Esther even once. Of course, His fingerprints are all over the story, but overall this is a story about God's hidden presence. It's about seeing God's hand in every....READ MORE
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