Friday, January 8, 2010

How to Be a Queen- Part 2

So Esther (whose name is Hadassah) was one of the women collected to possibly become queen. Her cousin Mordecai changed her name to Esther because Hadassah was a Jewish name and he did not want her true identity to be revealed. She and the other maidens went into the king's palace and were prepared for months being bathed in fragrant oils daily. She, of course,
found favor in King Ha's site and was chosen to become queen. Which is why I have chosen to call this post, "How to BE a queen." All the while, Mordecai would wait and pray outside the palace desiring to know what Esther was up to. Now, the King's right hand man – Haman, could not stand Mordecai because Mordecai did not give him any honor and bow before him when Haman came out into the public eye as the others did. So hatred grew in Haman. So Haman convinced the King to send out a decree to all the provinces and people stating that the Jews would be annihilated. ALL BECAUSE HE HATED THIS ONE JEWISH MAN. When Mordecai found out, he tore his clothes and fasted in front of the palace each day. Esther found out and sent her eunich to speak to him privately and of course, he told her.

Now check out what she does:

She tells her eunich to tell her cousin, Mordecai to tell the Jewish people to fast and that she would gather her maidens and they would fast, no food or water for 3 days entreating the Lord. (I've done this before, very uncomfortable. Your eyes get dry and your joints ache and things start twitching.)

Then she would go before the king to ask for mercy for her people.

Then, she makes it clear that it is possible that she would be killed because no one may go before the king unless they are called.

Her words were, "And if I perish, I perish."

Let's stop here: LESSON #2:

  1. Become a woman who seeks God first. Esther was a woman who sought God first. (With all her heart, mind, soul, and strength I might add.)
  2. Become strong in the Lord. Esther knew that God could fight her battles for her.
  3. Don't be a stupid girl. Esther was a wise, patient, and honorable woman who didn't exalt herself.
These are the qualities of a queen.

He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. (Proverbs 21:21)

(to be continued)