Esther Round Up

The world’s greatest beauty pageant is what Esther’s  story seems like on the surface. As we read from the book of Esther, we realize there are many nuggets of wisdom. We can use these principles as practical application to our personal situations. In the previous post in this series we, learned about the power of attraction and strategies for civil disobedience. As far blogs are concerned around generally is a  reference to various post with no connection.   Esther’s narrative has many instructions for living.

God Can

In the testimony of Esther, we see that God use anybody. In the ten chapters that make up the book of Esther.  We see God use a Jewish elder to save a heathen King.  Mordecai advised his niece Esther of the assassination plot. We see a eunuch help a beautiful woman enhance her appearance and win the king Xerxes favor.  We see God elevate a foreign orphan to the office of a queen.

“God serves his purposes even by the sins and follies of men, which he would not permit if he knows not how to bring good out of them.  ” Matthew Henry Commentary

Esther has several examples that provide evidence of this principle.    We see this principle in action through the king’s behavior.    The king is guilty of folly when he divorces Vashti, which opens the door for Esther to become queen.   God uses Haman to illustrate prejudice and anger can influence you to make stupid decisions. Haman was holding on to bias views that were passed down.  His folly was his ungrateful attitude he was a part of the royal court, but that was not good enough for him.

Family Influence

Family influence can be a blessing or a curse.  In Haman’s experience, we see how family influence can have a negative impact.  Haman’s ancestor pasted down their feelings of hater for  Jews from generation to generation. When Haman’s evil plot was uncovered, he lost his life, and even his sons were killed. Mordecai raised Esther, to have good character. She was beautiful inside and out. He taught her about trusting God and honoring her elders.

Importance of Wise Counsel

Through out the book of Esther we see the importance of counsel. The king had a group of advisers. Esther received wise counsel from her uncle, Mordecai. He advised her to protect her identity. Then he advised her to  consult the King regarding her people. The eunuch, Hegai provided Esther with wise counsel about what to take with her when went before the king.

 Importance of Appearance

At the beginning of the book of Esther we learn Vashti was beautiful.  King  Xerxes appreciated beauty. The women in the harem spent twelve months receiving beauty treatments.   When she went before the King to ask him and Haman to dinner.  Esther presented herself as the Queen. She put on her royal robes.

Sitting the Mood (The Ask)

The book of Esther deals with how to ask questions. Haman asked the King for his permission for ethnic cleansing. He set the tone for the king to agree to his petition. He explained that the people did not respect the King. He offered money to sweeten the deal.  When Mordecai asked Esther to go before the king.   He was prepared when presented evidence of  Haman’s evil plot.  He stressed the importance of the situation. After hearing what Mordecai had to Esther fasted and prayed. She petitioned  God for guidance.   Esther was prepared for what ever happen when she approached the King without his invitation.  She knew her husband. Esther dressed to impress.  She was aware that he husband delighted in beauty and food. That is why she asked him to dinner.   Esther ensured the king was comfortable before she made her request known.

 Importance of Celebrating (Rejoice)

At the beginning of the Book of Esther, King Xerxes is having a feast to honor military leaders and nobles. At the end after the Jews can defend themselves there is another celebration. The fact that there is two feasts within ten chapters shows the significance of celebrating.  You should rejoice at the start and conclusion.

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