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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
“This is what happened during the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush.” Esther 1:1 (NIV)
This post will actually be focusing more on Xerxes' wife, Esther. Esther is another one of my favorite books; her story is so inspiring. King Xerxes needed a new wife, so he conducted a search among the young single women in his kingdom, and a Jewish girl named Esther was chosen. Mordecai, her guardian and cousin, found out that Haman had persuaded King Xerxes to sign an edict to kill all the Jews. He asked her to plead with the king for mercy, but she said she could not approach him without being summoned or she could be sentenced to death. Mordecai replied, “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14, NIV). Esther fasted and prayed for 3 days, then went to King Xerxes. After she talked with him, Xerxes overruled the edict and her people were saved. God put Esther in the right position for His will to be carried out and even though she was probably scared, she was willing to follow Him when the time came for her to take a stand. If you haven’t read through the book of Esther, I would highly recommend it because there are a lot more interesting details to her and Mordecai’s story.