Summary: this two part series looks at the life of Esther and relates how we can begin to live as God intended thru the transforming power of the Holy Spirit
Life Lessons From The Life Of Esther:
1. SHE WENT FROM MYRTLE TO STAR!
This man (Mordecai) had a beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, also known as Esther. Esther 2:7
Abihail and his wife (who would soon die and leave their daughter an orphan to be raised by her cousin Mordecai) named their beautiful daughter Hadassah which in Hebrew means myrtle…
The myrtle was a tree that bore beautiful flowers used for perfume in the Hebrew culture… the Myrtle tree was also used as a symbol of peace and joy among the people of God in the ancient world.
By the almighty hand of God this young Jewish girl was raised by her godly cousin Mordecai, and she ascended to the throne of the Persian empire.
once she married Ahasuerus, the Persian King, her name was changed from Hadassah to Esther, which is Persian means “star”.
only through the province of God could an obscure Jewish orphan become, not only a queen in Persia, but also a deliverer of her people.
this is the way of the Kingdom of God: when God finds a person whose heart is toward Him and available to be used by Him, their humility escalates them to greatness.
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes, with the prices of their people. Psalm 113:7-8
Joseph went from prisoner to prince, Aaron went from slave (Egypt) to High Priest, Saul went from obscurity to the Throne of Israel. David went from Shepherd to Monarch, and Daniel went from captive (Babylon) to Premier over Babylon.
when you cast your lot with the King of kings you can become a star in the royal diadem of the Sovereign Lord.
How many Christians are held back by human limitations of education, social status, or financial brackets, when all they really need is to set their EYES On THE GREATNESS OF GOD;
to make themselves available to the Master’s hand and walk HUMBLY with their Lord. Throughout history God has transformed many Myrtles to Stars… will you yield yourself to the Master’s hand?
2. SHE WAS USED TO PROVIDE AND PROTECT
On the day of her ordination as queen Esther must have seen the invisible hand of God on her life as she went from obscurity to the throne of the Persian Empire.
The crown upon her head was more than just royal status it was a divine appointment… Esther had been crowned not for herself, but for her people and her nation. to provide and to protect the Jewish people.
Esther’s lineage is traced back to the tribe of Benjamin… who produced many soldiers and rulers but now a feminine crown would have to deliver Israel from the lions mouth.
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14
Esther’s cousin Mordecai was the vessel that God used to bring to light to Esther the reality of her ascension to the throne when he said… you attained royalty for a time such as this..