Have you ever seen the movie, “300”? It is nasty and violent, but the bad guy is the same King Xerxes described in the book of Esther.
King Xerxes married a beautiful Jewish girl named Esther. After years of living like a rock star in the palace as Xerxes’ queen, Esther’s cousin and guardian, Mordecai, asked her to intervene for all the Jewish people living in Xerxes’ empire, who were slated for extermination. King Xerxes was one powerful, ungodly man.
Years earlier, Esther’s adventure started when she was orphaned then adopted by her cousin Mordecai. They lived in the same town as Xerxes. After the king became mad at his wife, he sent out minions to round up the most beautiful women in his kingdom so that he could choose a new queen. Of all the women he saw, Xerxes fell madly in love with Esther.
Life was wonderful as the queen of Persia—great food, nice clothes, and people who obeyed Esther’s every command. There was one rule, though: anyone who showed up at the King’s “office” uninvited was killed.
So why were the Jews going to be exterminated? Xerxes’ top aide, Haman, hated Mordecai for refusing to bow down to him; Mordecai would only bow to God. In retaliation, Haman told King Xerxes lies about the Jews and convinced him to order that all Jews living in the empire be murdered on a particular day of the next year. When Mordecai heard this, he told Queen Esther to convince the king to rescind his order or all their people would die. (Incidentally, she never told the king she was Jewish, or related to Mordecai.)
Enter God’s Big Adventure for Esther. How does she respond to being asked to approach King Xerxes without having a prior invitation? She tells Mordecai, “No.” Remember—it’s a guaranteed death sentence! Mordecai is having none of her nonsense, though, and tells her:
13 “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
Mordechai’s admonishment set her on God’s great adventure for her life. It was then that she began … well, it’s a great read, so let me know how you like the ending.
Have you ever asked God what his plan is for your life?
Does your life reflect your true God-given titles: “Child of the King” and “Servant of the One True God?”
Are you looking for the opportunity God is inviting you into?
Fast, pray, and listen for God’s response when you ask him to reveal your Big Adventure. Then embrace it, and trust God to fulfill his plan for your life.
I praise your holy, perfect name, Lord. You are the great “I am” not “I was” or “I will be.” You are forever whom you say you are: the Creator of all that ever was and will be, our Abba, and King. Please, forgive me for letting fear and selfishness keep me from serving you with all my heart and strength. Help me to remember life on Earth is only temporary, but as your child, you promise I will be with you forever in eternity. Help me to keep that focus and live “on purpose,” serving you however you ask me to. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.
This post was written by Martha Smith, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study. Martha describes herself as a lover of Christ who likes to share faith with others.
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