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Study on Esther – Week 2- Day 4

September 11, 2014

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Scripture

Esther 2: 12-18

The regular beauty treatments for the women lasted a year- massages with oil of myrrh for six months and with oil of balsam for six more. After that, each girl would be taken in turn to King Xerxes. When she went from the harem to the palace, she could wear whatever she wanted. She would go there in the evening, and the next morning she would be taken to another harem and put in the care of Shaashgaz, the eunuch in charge of the king’s concubines. She would not go to the king again unless he liked her enough to ask for her by name. The time came for Esther to go to the king. Esther- the daughter of Abihail and the cousin of Mordecai, who had adopted as his daughter; Esther -admired by everyone who saw her. When her turn came, she wore just what Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem, advised her to wear. So in Xerxes seventh year as king , in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, Esther was brought to King Xerxes in the royal palace. The king liked her more than any of the other girls, and more than any of the others she won his favor and affection. He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti. Then the king gave a great banquet in Esther’s honor and invited all his officials and administrators. He proclaimed it a holiday for the whole empire and distributed gifts worthy of a king. 

 

Esther 2: 17

The king liked her more than any of the other girls, and more than any of the others she won his favor and affection. He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti.

 

Observation

Even the most  unassuming person can shine so brightly and achieve GOD’s favor and attention with a pure heart.  GOD has a plan for each one of us and some of us have to be put through rigorous training and trials to get to where he wants us to be in life. 

Application

Following the path that GOD has set for us is something which we must do. It may not be an easy thing for us to focus on and follow through. Even though at times we may question ourselves if this is what we truly want to do when we can’t see the finishing line ahead of us. We need to trudge on so that we may make it to the kingdom of GOD in our next life. 

Prayer 

Dear GOD,

help me to stay focus on you and the path you have designed for me. Guide me when I falter and teach me how to stay in your favor.

AMEN.  

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