Summary: Esther, Pt. 8 (Final)
Do you know the safest cities to live? SustainLane, a San Francisco research group, used primary research as well as information from Risk Management Solutions to determine what cities are less vulnerable to earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and tsunamis than other cities. Man-made factors such as overcrowding, sprawl and crime were not considered in this survey. It turns out that Milwaukee and Mesa, Ariz., are the safest of the nation’s 50 largest cities when it comes to natural disasters. Tied for third place are four cities: Tucson, Phoenix, Cleveland and El Paso, Texas.
A problem, however, persists. The article asks, “So why are there 14 million people in risky Los Angeles and a few hundred thousand cheeseheads in Milwaukee? Why isn’t the film industry based in Cleveland? Why don’t they have Mardi Gras in El Paso?” Regional economist Jack Kyser answers, “It’s cold in Milwaukee and not very exciting. Almost anyplace that people want to live has some type of risk factor, and the people there are fatalistic about it.” The conclusion: “Many people want to live in cities where they actually do not fare as well, but not many people want to live in cities that they fare very well.” (Daily Bulletin 07/19/2006 “And the Safest Place in the U.S. is ...”)
Righteous people have their risks, but life is not about avoiding danger and minimizing risk at all cost, but overcoming adversity and surmounting obstacles in worthwhile struggles. There were a few things to wrap up before ending the story of Esther, which is why Esther’s risk of claiming who she was, coming to the forefront and championing for her people were important. The last few chapters look into the acts of the righteous in the face their wicked counterparts’ misdeeds. The fact is righteous people has less to fear than wicked people. The righteous always prevail through the struggles and setbacks. They win because they have learned to count on God, conquer their fears and care about people.
Why is struggling against evil the responsibility of all? What resources do righteous people need in the fight? How can we help?
Be Strong to Your Advantage
8:1 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?” (Est 8:1-6)