Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Queen

The last couple weeks I've been reading in the book of Esther. Then this last weekend we watched a movie about Esther. After watching the movie, I went back to the book of Esther and read through it again, and was pretty fascinated by her boldness. I was also taken up by the love story between her and the King! When the King saw Esther for the first time, he was smitten by her beauty. This is what it says:

The King fell in love with Esther far more than with any of his other women or any of the other virgins--he was totally smitten by her.He placed a royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti. Then the King gave a great banquet for all his nobles and officials--"Esther's banquet." He proclaimed a holiday for all the provinces and handed out gifts with royal generosity.
Esther 2:17

I'm thinking this was a pretty big change for Esther. First of all, she was an orphan girl, then Mordecai adopted her, loved her, and nurtured her. But then, she was taken from his loving home into the Kings harem to be prepared to be presented to the King. She was a Jew, but she kept that little piece of information a secret.
The villain, Haman, was the highest ranking official in the government. He was out to kill the Jews, all of them. Mordecai sent a message to Esther informing her of Haman's motives and giving her the reality check that she would not be immune to his sword. Mordecai wanted Esther to go to the King and ask for the lives of all the Jews to be saved.
Esther knew that if she were to go before the King, uninvited, even with the Kings love for her, he may have her killed. It was forbidden!
But, she prayed, and she fasted, and she knew this was the reason God had given her the crown. It was to save her people.
So, she prepared herself, and she went before the King.  When she got there, I imagine she may have been holding her breath, and praying. Those around her were more than likely very shocked. But, the King saw her, and, he held out the scepter to her and asked her what he could give her, even if she wanted half of the kingdom, then it was hers!  She didn't ask for the lives of her people right then and there, she asked the King, and Haman to come to her quarters for dinner that evening. The King, being intrigued with his beautiful Queen, accepted the invitation.
That evening, the King and Haman showed up for dinner. The King asked Esther what he could do for her, offering half the kingdom again. She, still did not give her request, but asked both him and Haman for dinner again! So, the next night they came again. By this time, Haman was feeling very cocky. He believed he held the kingdom in his hands.
The next night, they met the Queen for dinner and she finally gave her request.  She confessed that she was a Jew, and that Haman would have to kill her as well as all her people! The King was furious.
As all good stories go...Haman the villain, ended up dead. The Jewish people were given the right to fight for their lives, and they killed their enemies. Esther kinda did get half the Kingdom, or so it seemed, for in defending themselves they killed 175,000!
All of this brings me back to God choosing me, and me choosing God. At any cost, what will I choose to kneel before His throne and allow Him to put the crown on my head?  He is smitten with me, He loves me, He died for me, now all I need to do is walk the path!
Jesus, you have given me the entire Kingdom, I have the keys, because You chose me! Say That Again!

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