“And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.”
She was also known as Hadassah.
Her uncle, Mordecai, raised her after her parents were dead.
When the king appointed his officers to gather together the fair young virgins of the kingdom, Mordecai brought her up to the palace.
“And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.”
Many maidens were brought before King Ahasuerus, yet it was Esther who pleased him.
God had ordered her footsteps and placed her exactly where she was for a specific reason, exactly when she needed to be there.
She had not yet shown or told that she was a Jew.
“Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it. And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.”
Esther serves as an example to us that God will direct our steps and use us according to His purpose if only we will surrender our lives to Him.
Ezekiel 13-14 | Mark 1 | Psalm 70-71
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