Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Queen Esther




"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"
Esther 4:14


When I grow up I want to be like Esther! My current biblical study of Esther has undone me. I am completely taken by her ability to face responsibility in the perfect time even to the point of death......Super Esther!!! This is Beth Moore's first study on a female biblical character, I say....at long last, its about time!
There is a continual internal battle within as to what a godly woman really looks like? The pressure on women these days to be the perfect mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, and Chrisitan all while having the perfect body is stifling. Enter Esther. Her beauty doesn't provide an excuse to misbehave or become a diva so commonly seen in our culture, quite the contrary. She carries the weight of the Jewish people on her pretty little shoulders, facing her destiny to be the voice that spares thousands.
The great part of my life was spent in a leotard trying to master a 4 inch balance beam, a truly infuriating task!!!! I was frequently challenged to an arm wrestling match due to my bulging biceps at the lunch table in elementary school (think Shaun Johnson-current Olympic gymnast) needless to say I put quite a few boys to shame. These childhood experiences really confused my concept of femininity and how to be a woman?!! It turns out it has nothing to do with my muscles or lack thereof currently or mascara, but a blend of inner beauty, grace, and strength easily seen in Esther.
Esther's name is Persian for "star" I couldn't have said it better, she really is a shining star not just for the Jewish people of her day, but for ours as well. Her Hebrew name, Hadassah happens to be one of my favorite names, ya know for the little girl I don't have.....Hadassah Jane, call her Hadie for short! What do you think? I digress..
I do have one request for Beth Moore, how bout a study on the other heroine of the Bible...Ruth?

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