Esther: Hero of Faith
The Jewish people were in trouble. Wicked Haman had made arrangements with the King of Persia to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish all Jews, both young and old, in one day as selected by lot (pur, the roll of dice).
Would God allow His people whom He had chosen to be a blessing to the world (see Genesis 12:1-3) to be annihilated? They were the keepers of His Holy Word. They were the witness that He alone is God, the true God. They were the nation through which He would send His Son, the Messiah, the Christ, the promised Savior.
God used the disobedience and dismissal of the Persian Queen, the winning of a Beauty Contest, a forgotten reward that was due a loyal subject, the sleepless night of the King, and the bravery of an orphaned girl become queen, to reverse the decree of wicked Haman and to turn his intended evil back on his own head (like a boomerang!).
God raised up Esther for that purpose. It was against the law for anyone to go before the King, under the penalty of death, unless called or summoned by the King himself. Esther said; ". . . I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!" (Esther 4:16).
The King held out his golden scepter granting Esther permission to stand before him, and thus through her effort together with her cousin Mordecai they wrote letters from the king permitting the Jews to "protect their lives -- to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people . . . that would assault them . . . " (Esther 8:11).
The Name of God does not appear in the book of Esther, but God is not absent. He is working behind the scenes causing and allowing those things that will work out His plan.
Even so in our world today we can trust the Almighty God to work the good, the bad, and the ugly to bring about His purpose. "The wrong shall fail, the right prevail." God is the ruler yet! We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).
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