Strong and Courageous

Deuteronomy 31:1-8, Esther 1-7

Esther was an orphan girl who's parents had died.  Mordecai took her and raised her as his own daughter.  Through a series of events Esther became queen to King Ahasuerus who reigned over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia.  Esther did not reveal she was Jewish.  In the process of time the king elevated a man by the name of Haman over other officials.  Haman became furious because Mordecai would not bow down to him when he pasted by.  Haman developed a plot to have all the Jews in the kingdom killed.  Mordecai eventually learned of the plot and eventually Esther the queen.

Significant verses surrounding Esther's position and Courage:

  • "Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place."  Esther 4:13-14

  • "Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish."  Esther 4:16b

  • "What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor more than me?"  And Haman said to himself, "whom would the king delight to honor more than me?"  Esther 6:6

  • Haman made a suggestion and the king said so be it.  However, it was Haman who led the horse around the city with Mordecai on it giving honor to Mordecai whom Haman had planned to hang..

  • At the second day feast Esther reveals to the king Haman's plot.  Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?"  Esther 7:1-5

  • And Esther said, "A foe and enemy!  This wicked Haman!"  Esther 7:6

  • Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king said, "Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman's house, fifty cubits high."  And the king said, "Hang him on that."  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.  Then the wrath of the king abated.  Esther 7:9-10.

It takes courage to be a true believer.


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