Saturday, March 25, 2017

Esther 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Esther 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Chapter 2 reads like a Disney story. It opens with the remorse of King Xerxes over his drunken and rash decision to banish his queen. But a new queen must be found, and the idea is proposed to go throughout all of the kingdom and find all of the beautiful girls and bring them to the palace to be brought before the king. And that's where Esther comes in...she is young and beautiful and her parents have died and she is being raised by her uncle. Esther (who has a secret Jewish identity) is taken to the palace, finds the king's favor and is made queen.
  • But there's another story line take place here as well. Her uncle who has raised Esther, Mordecai, waits near the palace grounds everyday to check on Esther. And as he's sitting there, he overhears two of the king's guards plotting a scheme to kill the king. He tells the new Queen Esther, she tells the king, and the king's life is saved.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • There's a lot happening here in a few short verses. Esther goes from orphan to queen, and even though she keeps her true Jewish identity a secret, she doesn't forget who she is...a woman of integrity and courage. At the end of this chapter, Mordecai (Esther's uncle) overhears a plan to kill the king. He tells Esther, Esther tells the king AND gives Mordecai the credit. She didn't have to do that. The king never would've might have even won her more favor in the king's eyes if he thought Esther had discovered the plan herself. But this important 'baby' step of courage and integrity has an amazing chain reaction as we continue to read through Esther.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Sometimes it's courage in the mundane, the seemingly inconsequential that changes the world. And it can be tempting and seem appealing and harmless to tell partial truths, to take credit when credit is due somewhere else. The beginning of Esther's story is a great reminder of what integrity looks like in the little things and we will see in the chapters to come how it pays off in a big way.