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Unexpected Legacy Day 21

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Scripture: Esther 9:1-5 On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.  The Jews assembled in their cities in all the provinces of King Xerxes to attack those determined to destroy them. No one could stand against them, because the people of all the other nationalities were afraid of them.  And all the nobles of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and the king’s administrators helped the Jews, because fear of Mordecai had seized them. Mordecai was prominent in the palace; his reputation spread throughout the provinces, and he became more and more powerful. The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them, and they did what they pleased to those who hated them.

Devotional:  On the day declared for their destruction, the Israelites were victorious over those enemies who maintained their resolve to see their race destroyed and wiped out. They displayed courage and faith as they fought their enemies, and they depended upon God.  All of the people around them saw God’s power and faithfulness on display and they began to fear Him.

We also see at the conclusion of this epic story, that God had rewarded Esther’s cousin Mordecai for his faithfulness.  He replace vile Haman as the king’s most trusted noble, and his influence expanded beyond what he could imagine.

When Esther was a young girl, Mordecai used his influence to teach her of God’s love and faithfulness, and encouraged along to the way to pursue a place of influence. As she had that opportunity, he used his influence to continue to remind her of God’s sovereignty and to help her to understand God had placed her in a position to be able to influence what could have been a very grave outcome. 

After all was said and done, Mordecai’s influence expanded exponentially.  And he continued to serve and be faithful to God’s purposes. 

Reflect:

  • What influence, big or small, has God given you?
  • How might you use it for His kingdom’s sake?

Unexpected Legacy Day 20

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Scripture: Esther 8:11-13 The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children, and to plunder the property of their enemies. The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar.  A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

Devotional:  As a result of Esther’s courage, King Xerxes, who could not reverse his edict, did grant her request in the form of giving the Israelites his blessing to fight for their very lives.  You might remember that they had been exiled in Persia, from Jerusalem many years before, so they did not have the rights that the citizens of Persia did. This edict, granted them those rights.

This part of the story shows that God’s deliverance does not always come easy.  Sometimes you still have to fight.  God didn’t just remove the barrier of those who wished to see the Jews exterminated. He made them fight to break that barrier down. 

We can learn much about our own deliverance.  Sometimes, we have to fight for it.   

Reflect:

  • What barriers or obstacles in your life have you asked God to remove?
  • In what ways might He be asking you to fight, in order for those to be broken down?

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