March 6
‘And who knows, but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’ Esther 4:14b
Bible reading: Esther 7:1-10 (Go to the Bible passage)
The story of Esther took place in Persia, about 2500 years ago. After a 70-year period of exile (Jeremiah 29:10), most Jews had returned from Persia to their country, Israel. But up to this day, Jews throughout the world exuberantly celebrate the feast of Purim (Esther 9:20-23). This feast was instituted on the occasion of the events that we read about today.
It is remarkable that in the whole book of Esther the name of God is not mentioned. But we do read about God's marvelous dealings with the people of Israel! If we have come to know the God of Israel through our Lord Jesus, then how glad our hearts become when we read the book of Esther. How we then are impressed by God's dealings with His people, His faithfulness to them and to everyone who has come to fear Him, not only as the Creator of heaven and earth, but also as our Heavenly Father.
If we have read this seventh chapter of the book of Esther today, we surely cannot refrain from reading the entire book. And reading it in this frame of mind, we will be overwhelmed by the message that reaches us: apparently, God wants to be involved in each and every detail of our lives. For the great and Almighty God clearly had His Hand in it that Mordecai - who had discovered a plot against the king of Persia’s life - was not rewarded at that time, and also that his stepdaughter Esther became queen. All this to save from extermination those Jews who had preferred to stay behind in the luxury of Persian culture, instead of returning to their own land.
But then we may also know, if we belong to Jesus with all our heart, that under all circumstances our lives are safe in His Hands.
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