|“Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.” Charles Spurgeon
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” Esther 2:17
Mordecai the Jew remained in Babylon after the faithful people of God returned to the Promised Land under Nehemiah and Ezra. We cannot know for sure, but his remaining behind calls into question the depth of his commitment to the promises of God to the Jews. Mordecai, foster father to Esther, his uncle’s daughter, entered her into a beauty contest as a non-Jew. Esther prepared for a one-night affair with king Ahasuerus, and if he did not delight in her, she had to spend the remainder of her life in his harem, possibly never seeing him again.
Esther’s response teaches that God honors a submissive, teachable spirit rather than rebellion and self-promotion. In this respect Esther and Vashti are a study in contrasts. Vashti, the original queen, was willful and refused to submit to the wishes of her husband, bringing about her demise.
No matter how noble your cause, God does not condone rebellion. This does not mean that you must be passive in the face of evil. But this is different from rebellion and independence, a difference found in the attitude. You are hard¬ pressed to justify biblically Mordecai’s behavior, but if the book of Esther teaches anything, it tells us that God honors the spirit and behavior of Esther.
Proverbs 8-9 2 Corinthians 3 (New King James Version)
2 Corinthians 3
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