February 2014 enewsletter – Voice of Triumph

esther’s approach to reclaim god’s people                 The book of Esther is about a young lady who discovered her place in the kingdom of God. She served as the deliverer for the Jews. Haman, their arch enemy, falsely accused them of revolting against the king so a law was enacted to exterminate them. I believe II Peter 1:5-8 shapes the character Esther possessed to fulfill that challenge. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In Greek, add means fully supplies; faith means persuasion; virtue means valor; knowledge means knowing; temperance means mastery; patience means endurance; godliness means holiness; brotherly kindness means fraternal affection; and charity means benevolence. When you overlay this scripture text over Esther’s story, it looks like this. Chosen queen, she had the assurance of the miraculous deliverance of God’s people by her hand. Her courage accepted full responsibility to make the appeal without shrinking back in fear. Her knowing showed her election was indeed born of God which gave her bravery to approach the king, even though she could have been put to death. She entered the king’s presence without a formal invitation several times which validated her level of mastery. She overcame the fear of death when her wisdom presented the perfect time to make her appeal for her and her people to be spared. The integrity of her heart kept seeing no one higher than God, not even the king—her husband—who endorsed their execution unknowingly. She continued to display her selflessness so she was never proven disloyal. Her true desire to overthrow injustice was accompanied by her love to see God’s people set totally free.

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