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There is no other book in the Bible like Esther. In fact, God isn’t mentioned once because during the time of Esther, the Jews were spread as far as the east is from the west. Some in captivity, some living in foreign lands, some still bowing down to pagan gods. They were a nation scattered…and God was quiet. Esther is a story about hatred and bitterness, two weeds that set root in the hearts of prideful people and caused corruption. Queen Esther was a Jew in a foreign land but she and her uncle, Mordecai, were put by a still God into positions to save a promise. A promise that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would be born a Jew. Had the entire race been annihilated by one prejudice man, then we would not be living now under grace. How awesome is it to know that deliverance comes only from God, even when I can’t hear his voice, even when it feels as if I am alone in my struggles?

deliverance2Sometimes I have to be courageous and just stand at the entrance of the door and not knock. Sometimes, I need only be still. I must humble myself in order to see my mistakes made and then boldly walk into situations that will change my life.

deliverance3Esther 8:3-6 – That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman,the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. 2 The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate. 3 Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews. 4 Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him. 5 “If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces. 6 For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”

deliverance4Deliverance IS COMING for my ENTIRE family and I believe that! I am in the right place at the right moment under the protection of God for such a time as THIS! Sarah Jakes says, “You don’t have to prove yourself to those who doubt you. When you play your part and stay the course, God will vindicate you.” (from “Colliding with Destiny”)

You can read Esther 6-10 about Esther, Mordecai, and the opposition of the Jews at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Esther

deliverance5To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from:

Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Don’t allow bitterness to overshadow your relationships. You have NO IDEA what the other person’s purpose is so how dare you cause one to stumble when they could be speaking to God face to face? This goes for prejudice, judgment, and that awful word…hate. Do not allow disappoinment to grow into resentment! Had Haman succeeded, where would we be today??

Related Scriptures: Galatians 5:4; Psalm 34:17; James 5:16