November 24, 2020 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Esther 8:3-17

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?”

7 King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have impaled him on the pole he set up. 8 Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring—for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked”…

The book of Esther reads like an adventure story—there’s a powerful and violent king; an ordinary woman becomes queen because of her extraordinary beauty; identities kept secret; court intrigue; an evil, plotting royal advisor. It is a strange book to find in the Bible because it does not speak directly about God. Instead, we get a glimpse of how God works through ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Esther, one of the Jewish minority, is elevated to the status of queen in the Persian king Xerxes’ court. With the help of her cousin, Mordecai, she risks her life to confront the King and persuade him to save her people, the Jews. The book of Esther is a reminder of how God loves and care for God’s people, and how God works through people to protect and save.

Spirit of the Living God, give us awareness of how we might do your will. Give us the courage to take holy risks, that we might show to others the love and care you have poured out on us.

Ella Moehlman

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