For Such A Time As This – Esther 1-3

2:10 Now Esther had not disclosed her people or her lineage,22 for Mordecai had instructed her not to do so.23 2:11 And day after day Mordecai used to walk back and forth in front of the court of the harem in order to learn how Esther was doing24 and what might happen to her.

2:12 At the end of the twelve months that were required for the women,25 when the turn of each young woman arrived to go to King Ahasuerus – for in this way they had to fulfill their time of cosmetic treatment: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfume and various ointments used by women – 2:13 the woman would go to the king in the following way: Whatever she asked for would be provided for her to take with her from the harem to the royal palace. 2:14 In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to a separate part26 of the harem, to the authority of Shaashgaz the king’s eunuch who was overseeing the concubines. She would not go back to the king unless the king was pleased with her27 and she was requested by name.

2:15 When it became the turn of Esther daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai (who had raised her as if she were his own daughter28) to go to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who was overseer of the women, had recommended. Yet Esther met with the approval of all who saw her. 2:16 Then Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus at his royal residence in the tenth29 month (that is, the month of Tebeth) in the seventh30 year of his reign. 2:17 And the king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she met with his loving approval31 more than all the other young women.32 So he placed the royal high turban on her head and appointed her queen33 in place of Vashti. 2:18 Then the king prepared a large banquet for all his officials and his servants – it was actually Esther’s banquet. He also set aside a holiday for the provinces, and he provided for offerings at the king’s expense.34

Mordecai Learns of a Plot against the King

2:19 Now when the young women were being gathered again,35 Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate.36 2:20 Esther was still not divulging her lineage or her people,37 just as Mordecai had instructed her.38 Esther continued to do whatever Mordecai said, just as she had done when he was raising her.

2:21 In those days while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan39 and Teresh,40 two of the king’s eunuchs who protected the entrance,41 became angry and plotted to assassinate42 King Ahasuerus. 2:22 When Mordecai learned of the conspiracy,43 he informed Queen Esther,44 and Esther told the king in Mordecai’s behalf.45 2:23 The king then had the matter investigated and, finding it to be so, had the two conspirators46 hanged on a gallows.47 It was then recorded in the daily chronicles in the king’s presence. – Esther 2:10-23

Are we ready to be called upon by God at a moments notice?  Are we willing and able to go when God says go?  Are we willing to leave it all behind to accomplish God’s will?  These are the kind of questions we must ask ourselves when we read the story of Esther.  It sounds like Esther had a good life.  She was well taken care of and loved.  Yet, she was willing to leave it all to put themselves in a place to be used by God.  Now, I am not saying she knew that she was going to be picked to be queen and that she knew she was going to save her people.  I am saying that she was willing to leave it all behind when she knew it was the right thing to do.

Heavenly Father,

You have a calling on each of our lives.  You know what we are suppose to be doing for you and your Kingdom.  Father, I pray that you would help each of us to know that you do have a plan for our lives and that we must be ready to follow.  I love you Lord.  Amen.

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