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Jesse Tree Devotional | December Advent Day Twenty

December 20, 2016

The story of Esther is one I have read in depth a few times. More recently when I joined a ladies’ group at my church in a study of Esther by Beth Moore just over a year ago. As I read over the verses in my Bible, Beth’s voice and key points come to mind. There were a few places I wanted to stop and say “highlight this point, or stop at those words.” This book of the Bible has so much more to tell then I have in this post.

I tried to shorten and simplify the story of Esther into a quick devotional. One we could read together as a family over dinner, but still keep the points that stood out to me. I urge you to read this one for yourself straight out of the Bible and truly enjoy the story, as I have only skimmed the surface of a great book. Also if you ever get the chance to be apart of Beth Moore’s study of Esther, jump at it… it was so good!

Jesse Tree Devotional Day Twenty (Queen Symbol)

Esther 4:14 “If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”

The king of Susa longed to have a beautiful wife. His advisors came up with an idea to assemble all the most beautiful young women in the kingdom so that the king could chose one to be his Queen. 

A Jewish man by the name of Mordecai was guardian over his cousin Esther, because she did not have a mother or a father. Esther was very beautiful, so she was gathered along with the other young women to be taken before the king. The king loved Esther over all the others and declared her the new queen.

After this, the king honoured a man named Haman and placed him highest in the court. Haman would have the entire royal staff bow to him because he liked the attention. But Mordecai (Esther’s cousin) refused. This made Haman very angry. So angry in fact that he asked the king to pass a law that would result in killing all of the Jewish people.

When the Jews of the kingdom learned of this decree they were filled with sorrow and tore their clothes. The Jews put on sack cloths and ashes, and they cried out for help. Esther learned of this sorrow through her servants, she asked that her cousin Mordecai be brought to her to explain what was going on. He begged Esther to go before the king and reveal that she was Jewish. He wanted her to ask the king to rescue her people.

Esther was afraid but she knew her God would go before her. She fasted and prayed before she entered the king’s throne room to stand before the king. The king looked up to see Esther and held out his scepter to receive her. She fell before him and begged that the law be revoked. She explained to the king that if all the Jews were to be killed, she would also have to be put to death because she was a Jew. The king allowed Esther to write a new law, one that would give the Jews hope and a chance to live. All the Jews throughout the whole kingdom shouted with joy and celebrated.

Do you think Esther thought God would be able to use her to rescue all those people?
Where do you think her courage came from?  
How do you think God could use you in His plans?

We will pray now and thank God for anything we are grateful for; a great day, the fun we had, our family – anything big or small! Let’s also ask God for the same courage Esther had, so we can stand up for what is right when the need arises.

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