Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
This week we review the book of Esther. The book’s author is unknown and still debated today with most scholars giving credit to an unnamed Persiam Jew who would have known Jewish writings and Persian history.
Esther tells the story of Mordecai and Esther. In a dramatic turn of events similar to a soap opera, King Xerxes removes his current queen, Vashti, for disobedience and Esther finds herself as the queen. She is then able to use her position to stop the plans of a vengeful aid to the king, Haman, who wants to destroy the Jews. Haman’s plan backfires and he is destroyed instead.
One interesting fact is that God is never mentioned once in the book and we are meant to discern how God is acting through the actions of the main characters. How often are our lives similar? We go through life doing our daily routine, knowing that God is present and is working for us but we do not always get to see the immediate signs of that assistance and sometimes God can even hide his hand from us as a test of faith. Each day we choose our path based on our perception of what God is prompting us to do, even if we cannot see the end of the story.
Daily Battle Order:
Focus on deepening your faith by internalizing the fact that God is always present, even when he is hidden from your sight. Ask each day of this week what He expects of you and open your heart to hear what direction God wants you to move.
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