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Purim: Esther's Story

Purim: Esther's Story

The feast of Esther is always a fun holiday on the Jewish calendar. As a memorial holiday, we take the time to remember the events that make up the Book of Esther. On the surface, it's every fairytale story come to life: hidden heritage, competition for a crown, espionage, deeds of daring-do and more! But as we take the time to go a little deeper, we can begin to understand the subtle relationship that Esther, her uncle, and the Jewish people had with the God of their Forefathers during this time of exile.


As immigrants into a foreign land, the Children of Israel were merely trying to exist among the Persians without attracting too much notice. And when jealousy and hatred appear in the form of a high-ranking nobleman, it's the knowledge of their God that gives Mordechai and Esther such strength in the face of danger. Many pastors and scholars will tell you that God isn't mentioned anywhere in the book of Esther. Which is true. But when the critical moment approaches, what does Esther do? 


She prays.   She fasts.   She leads. 

She behaves exactly as a daughter of Israel would have been taught to behave.


This behavior speaks more about how deeply her faith has taken root in her bones than any hymn or exaltation that might be found in other books of the Bible. The kings of Israel, the prophets, and the scribes, almost all of them have documented moments of ungodly behavior. Even Moses and Elijah, King David and King Solomon, have clearly described sinful behavior. But not Esther. Esther's quiet, steadfast faithfulness to who she was as a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is one of the most beautiful examples we have of godly behavior. 


She used everything she had in her arsenal to protect the people she loved: her beauty, her intellect, and the Divine Favor that Adonai poured out on her. Her character spoke louder about whom she served than any proclamation could have. The eunuchs, handmaidens, doorkeepers, and servants all followed her instructions not just because she was queen, but because she was worth following. 


So what about you? Are you worth following? 


Is the presence of God inside of you so strong that declarations of whom you serve are unnecessary? 


Have you cultivated favorable relationships with people out of kindness and compassion so that on the day bravery is required, you are granted up to half the kingdom? 


If the answer is "I don't know..." or "I think so..." take a page out of Esther's book and dig deep. Stir up the truth of God inside of you so fervently that it's impossible for those around you to resist it. Make His Name known without speaking a single word. 


  • Thank you Mandie, This is a good word.
    Happy Purim

    ATI on

  • Wow so beautiful! I want to be like Esther ❤️

    Natalia on

  • Thank you for the wonderful detail!

    Bonnie Collins on

  • “Are you worth following?” This stops you in your tracks. So beautiful, Mandie!! 🩷

    Devin Leslie on

  • I have read that there might be an oblique reference to God in TLV Est_4:14  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place—but you and your father’s house will perish. Who knows whether you have attained royal status for such a time as this?” if one recognizes that place can be a short form for holy place which can be used as an evasive synonym for God. In other words, God is hidden similar to Esther being Jewish is hidden.

    Donald Johnson on

  • I love Esther’s story, it is the way I want to live my life.

    Teresa Elliott on

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