From an Orphan to a Star. 26/2/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.
Around 470BC, among the Jewish exiles in Babylon, who had been captured from Israel many years before, there lived a young girl. “She had neither father nor mother” and was taken in by her older cousin, Mordecai. Her name was Hadassah, after the Myrtle bushes that grew on the stony Judean hillsides, but Mordecai called her Esther: the star.
She was an orphan and she grew up in obscurity; a Jewish girl in the powerful, pagan Babylonian world. But God had a plan, not only for Esther but for all His people.
King Ahasuerus, whose Greek name was Xerxes, had mounted a huge military campaign against the Greek Empire and had been soundly defeated. He was a boisterous and unpredictable man of emotional extremes. Chastened by his military defeat and shamed by his Queen Vashti, he decided to choose a new queen. His officers scoured the empire for the most beautiful girls to be brought before the king for him to choose, and he chose Esther.
From a captive orphan girl to the queen of the most powerful empire on earth, but it wasn’t all about her: God had a purpose.
Isaiah 46:8-11 God is absolutely sovereign, “there is no other… there is none like Me… My counsel (purpose) shall stand.”
Problems come and go; circumstances may go against you; you may be surrounded by trouble on every side, but God is still in control and He has a plan for your life, if you will only open your heart to Him and stop feeling sorry for yourself!
God’s purpose “shall stand”! All He needs is a faithful and obedient son or daughter who “executes My counsel (purpose)”. Esther may have been wondering at the amazing turn of events in her life, but God knew what was coming, “declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done.”
The forces of darkness wanted to wipe out the Jewish people wherever they were. The Egyptians enslaved them; the Babylonians almost annihilated them; the Romans conquered them and murdered them in huge numbers and Herod slaughtered all those baby boys in the region of Bethlehem, all in an unsuccessful attempt to wipe out the line through which the Messiah would come; He who has “all authority”.
Haman mounted a plot to murder all of the Jewish people in the Babylonian kingdom, but he didn’t know that God was one step ahead of him, and had His daughter in place, right where she needed to be.
Has God moved you into a new place? Have things turned around for you? Then get ready for the “purpose” of God to burst onto the scene! He knows what needs to be done and He moves us into position and He trusts us to “execute” His “purpose”; to get the job done.
Esther was not sure what she should do but she recognized that she was in a unique position to make a difference and prevent the slaughter. She must go to the king. It meant revealing her secret that she was Jewish, and without his favour on her she would be put to death.
Esther 4:10-14 She sent a message to Mordecai, “This could cost me my life.” And he replied that maybe this is why God had moved her into the palace, to be in position to act with faith to save all of His people; the Messianic line! “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Here it is: her destiny unfolding; God’s holy purpose for her life…
Verse 15-17: “Fast for me… I will go to the king… if I perish I perish.” The turning point for an entire nation of God’s people was dependent on one orphan girl…
Esther 5:1 While the people are fasting and praying the only one who was in a position to make a difference prepared herself. This could be it. She could die today. She dressed in her best and stood where the king could see her.
You and I have a loving and all-powerful King and Lord. We can approach Him anytime, dressed in our “robe of righteousness”! Isaiah 61:10-12
Esther 5:2 Miraculously, “the king held out to Esther the golden scepter… Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.”
Contact. Esther and her king. Now, the authority and the blessing will flow from the king to Esther. She would receive her answer.
In the same way, you have a Heavenly Father, the King of Kings, ready to receive you and to move you to unfold your destiny.
Ahasuerus asked Esther, “What is your request?” And all of God’s people were saved, because a young woman trusted God and moved by faith. Even up to today, Esther’s faith and bravery are celebrated every year at the Feast of Purim. (Esther 9:26-29)
It only takes one man or woman of faith to change the destiny of families, communities, cities or even nations.
Joshua did it; Deborah did it; David did it; John the Baptist did it; Apostle Paul did it.
King Charlemagne of France did it. He loved and served God. He united many of the nations around him, becoming known as “the Father of Europe”. When he died in 814, he was buried sitting in his throne with his Bible on his lap, and his finger pointing to the verse, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” Mark 8:36
What about us? The world is waiting.