Summary: FOR THIS COURSE, I was born, and FOR THIS COURSE I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth

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Sermon Title: Esther

Long time ago, there was a girl called Hadassah. She is a very beautiful girl and was a Jewish. Her parents died at her young age. So her cousin name Mordecai decided to take care of her. One day King Xerxes, the king of Persia gave a notice to all cities wanting to find a beautiful wife for himself. When they came to her house, of course they find Hadassah, and they want to bring her back to the palace.

"Please don’t make me go,” Hadassah begged them.

"I’m happy where I am. I certainly don’t want to be a Queen. Besides, I’m Jewish and the King isn’t. There are lots of Persian girls entering the beauty contest – they don’t need me.”

"You have to enter and that is final. Besides, there are so many girls entering, you likely won’t be chosen anyways,” Mordecai assured her. Before she went…

Mordecai said, "Hadassah, wait. There is one last thing you must promise me."

"Yes?" said Esther,

"You must not let ANYONE know that you are a Jew. Do you understand?"

She nodded sadly, "Yes, I understand."

When Hadassah was falling asleep that night, she began to think about what it would be like at the palace. She’d have to spend an entire year there, away from family and friends, before the King would even choose his new bride. “Ah well,” she thought, “at least I’ll get to return home after that. After all there’s no way the King would end up picking a peasant, Jewish girl as his Queen –”

The next morning, Hadassah packed her bags. She was happy that her cousin would be able to visit her quite often as he worked at the palace as a minor official. Hadassah carefully combed her long dark hair and gazed longingly out the window. She’d miss the sights and sounds of her home and wanted to commit every detail to memory.

Before Hadassah went, she told her cousin. "I hope I’m not chosen to be the Queen. I prayed all last night that God would make the King choose someone else."

Mordecai--“Esther! You mustn’t pray only for what you want, but for what God wants for you.”

Esther look at her.

Mordecai-"What I mean is…that God may not always give us what we want, but he does provide us everything we need. You can’t just ask for what you want all the time, because it might not be what God wants. So you must ask for what God wants."

Esther- "But … I don’t know what God wants. How can I pray for something I don’t know?"

Mordecai said, "Well, you could simply pray, ’God, I want whatever you want. I put my trust in You.’

Esther- ok I understand, I will pray. God, if you want me to be Queen, then I will be happy with your decision. Please help me do my best to be a good one’?" Esther asked.

Mordecai smiled and kissed Esther on the forehead, “That sounds perfect.”

So, Hadassah was send to the palace.

Twelve months passed and it was time for Hadassah to go see the King. As Hegai (a man who has been taking care of Hadassah) led the beautiful girl to the King’s palace, people stopped to stare at her gentle beauty.

When they had reached the throne room, Hadassah took a deep breath and knelt before King Xerxes.

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