Friday, February 12, 2010

Who Knows?

Esther 4:14b-"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"
Joel 2:14 - "Who knows? HE may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing..."
I've been studying the book of Esther and it is so facsinating...the book does not have the name of GOD in it anywhere, but HIS hand is at work throughout. Esther was a Jewish orphan, and still she was taken to the palace, she won the favor of everyone she met there and was chosen above probably hundreds of other girls. When the edict had been made of the annihilation of the Jews, she heard nothing of it until her maid-servants and eunuchs came to tell her that Mordecai, her male cousin who raised her after her parents died, was in sackcloth and ashes, wailing at the kings gate. The Jewish people of that region had become very comfortable with their environment and the culture of the Persian people. They had forgotten most of their traditions and customs, thus forgetting the LORD's requirements and commands, maybe even HIS promises. They remembered and returned to the LORD when the edict had been made...they fasted, wailed and tore their clothes putting on the sack cloth and ashes of the custom. When Mordecai sent news to Esther and asked her to go to the king, she understandably was fearful for her life...anyone who went before the king without being summoned was put to death...Mordecai had faith and knew that the LORD would deliver them from this edict one way or another, whether by way of Esther's position or by way of someone else. "Who knows?" GOD knew. Esther sent Mordecai to gather all the Jews to fast and pray for her. She mustered up the courage to go before the king and...well the rest I'll learn in the upcoming weeks, although I've read this book a few times and already done other studies on it, I always appreciate a fresh new perspective on it...especially Beth Moore's perspective.
What position have you been put in and for what reason? I am convicted by this question myself...what to do with this and hide something about it?

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