Friday, February 18, 2011
ESTHER BOOK 2
All young women of the land were called by King Xerxes decree because of Queen Vashti’s dishonorable act. (God uses all types of situations and circumstances to call ~ be alert)
Esther was taken to the Kings palace with all the others. God began to move immediately as Hegai the custodian of women found favor in Esther. He was pleased by her and gave her special beauty preparations, besides the allowance offered to all the other women. Each young woman was portioned six months of oil of Myrrh and six months of perfumes and other preparations to beautify women. He also gave her seven choice maidservants from the King’s palace. He moved her and her maidservants to the best place in the house of the women.
Favor is already upon Esther and she just arrived. What an amazing God we serve! He gave her a year of special spa treatments and seven new friends. On top of all that, he gave her a beautiful Penthouse. He really does know what we women love and has great plans for us.
Mordecai asked Esther to keep a secret and not reveal her people or family so she would not arouse suspicion of disloyalty to the Persian Empire. He asked her to keep silent about the Jewish culture and the insistence that their God was the only true God and they were His people. Mordecai paced the front gates daily to check on Esther’s welfare and what was going on with her.
Even though he was faithful that God would protect her he was still on guard. Mordecai was using wisdom and following the instructions of his heart. We need to listen when God is speaking to our heart about our circumstances. Remember to pray about any decision and ask God to direct you. If it is not His will you don’t want to waste your time trying to stumble through something. He is right there and willing to gently lead you if you would only ask.
According to the regulations written in the decree the twelve months of beauty preparations were coming close. The young women were given whatever she desired to wear from the women’s quarters when it was her turn to go to the King.
Esther watched as each woman adorned herself with more than enough. This was their only chance to be recognized and they did not want to go unnoticed. Once she was with the King, the next morning she would return to the second house for women and she would stay with the concubines and never see the King again unless he called her by name.
Now the year of beauty treatments do not sound so inviting do they? These women were to live their lives in the women’s quarters with the chance that the King would never call them again.
Esther was wise and she listened to her heart. Yes~ all the dresses and jewels were lovely but she was after he King’s love. She asked “what pleases the King”? She did as Hegai the kings eunuch advised. Her beauty captured the king and he loved her more than any other women. She obtained grace and favor above all others. He wasted no time crowning Esther queen chosen for such a time as this.
It’s your turn to become royalty ~ at such a time as this!
· Listen to your heart
o Psalm 121:2
· Answer the call
o Ephesians 4:11-16
· Pray and ask God for direction and trust in Him
o Psalm 33:20-22
· Take the step to align yourself where God is leading
o Psalm 139
· Watch and see as he adorns His favor on your life
o Psalm 126:3
· Thank Him for all the things He has done for you
o Deuteronomy 28:1-14
· Praise Him because He is due.
o Romans 11:33
Read Ephesians 1:3-6 and enjoy spiritual blessings
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