From orphan to queen

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Queen Esther was taken in as a child by Mordecai, a family relative. She looked to Mordecai as a father since he protected her.

Even in the palace, Esther followed Mordecai’s instructions. She was blessed because of it. Not only was she blessed but the entire Jewish nation was blessed. Mordecai feared God and followed Him first.

Who do you know that has modeled following God first? I’m not talking about someone with only elaborate prayers/words but also able to walk steadfastly and faithfully, caring for the 10 relationships that God entrusts to each person. #GilSteiglitz #leadership #ptlb (principles to live by)

Anger can cause action, as in this passage when King Ahasuerus “fired” Queen Vashti. This week, I attended session 5 of coping skills and learned that anger can sometimes be misplaced. For example, if I’m in an emotionally abusive relationship but continue to take responsibility for its success, anger/frustration can turn inward (when it should actually be a signal to walk away from said relationship).

Those who cannot recognize their worth because of the load of dung deposited on them by others are not thinking truthfully. Poor Esther, she had to be the Queen after Vashti. Ahasuerus sounds to me like he may have been emotionally abusive (at the least we know he surrounded himself with very poor advisers). #narcissist #showoff

Esther did not react like Vashti, however. She trusted God’s deliverance and her kind heart at convincing the king that proud Haman was deserving of death (for pronouncing extermination of the Jews).

Sometimes we cannot escape the “said” relationship, but God is able to provide wisdom and support. Surrounding Ahasuerus with grace, Esther blessed his life as well.- Teresa #trust #courage

Esther 2:1-18 (ESV)

After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her. 2 Then the king’s young men who attended him said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king. 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in Susa the citadel, under custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women. Let their cosmetics be given them. 4 And let the young woman who pleases the king[d] be queen instead of Vashti.” This pleased the king, and he did so.

5 Now there was a Jew in Susa the citadel whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjaminite, 6 who had been carried away from Jerusalem among the captives carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away.7 He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter. 8 So when the king’s order and his edict were proclaimed, and when many young women were gathered in Susa the citadel in custody of Hegai, Esther also was taken into the king’s palace and put in custody of Hegai, who had charge of the women. 9 And the young woman pleased him and won his favor. And he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her portion of food, and with seven chosen young women from the king’s palace, and advanced her and her young women to the best place in the harem. 10 Esther had not made known her people or kindred, for Mordecai had commanded her not to make it known. 11 And every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening to her.

12 Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments for women— 13 when the young woman went in to the king in this way, she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace. 14 In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second harem in custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch, who was in charge of the concubines. She would not go in to the king again, unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name.

15 When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. 16 And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, 17 the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown[e] on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 Then the king gave a great feast for all his officials and servants; it was Esther’s feast. He also granted a remission of taxes to the provinces and gave gifts with royal generosity.

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