She could have faked a different nationality but Esther didn’t do

Day 110 Esther Chapters 3-8

📌Esther was willing to put her life on the line to go in front of the king when she was told not to. 4:16. She could have stayed alive since she was queen. But by the advice of Mordecai, Esther could make the right choice. Verses 13-14.

She could have faked a different nationality but Esther didn’t do anything wrong of that sort. Though the name of God is not mentioned in the book of Esther, we understand that she and all the Jews fasted and prayed to God for help.

✅During the night when Jesus was betrayed and brought to Pilate the very next day, he did not try to free himself, but fulfilled God’s will.
Jesus said in Matthew 26: 53-34, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

Now, of course there is a huge difference between the two but the point I’m trying to make is we have many opportunities of free will. By God’s help, we should do what is right.

❇️Haman was favoured by the king. Esther 3:1-2. He was the type of person who always was proud of himself. He thought he was the center of attraction because of his authority.

🛑Jesus warned us in Matthew 23:12, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

📌Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Haman, though he had power didn’t do good things in the sight of God, but used it to serve himself. He didn’t even do anything beneficial either for the Medo-Persian Empire!

📌Lucifer, with his beauty, decided he wanted to be worshipped as God and wanted to be equal to God. Well, he was punished for what he did, and it is going to be the same case with Haman, since he was literally never humble!

🖋As with my parents, we are studying the Fruit of the Spirit, and currently on Self-Control, I would like to share the insights I have noted down.

📌Self-control of Mordecai:

🖋He exercised self-control in humility when his oppressor, Haman, was hanged and Mordecai’s greatness in the kingdom after that event.

🖋He also exercised self-control by being humble and not boasting when he was honored by the reluctant and enraged Haman.

🖋This event directed by God not only tested Mordecai’s humility, but God also humbled the 10,000 silver–bribing Haman.

James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

🖋Last of all, whenever Mordecai did not bow before Haman, he wasn’t proud that he didn’t idolatrize Haman like everyone else did. He used his self-control and did not boast with his tongue about his obedience to God’s law, “Do not make any other idols or worship anything else except me.” Exodus 20:4

🖋He did not boast about saving the king’s life. Esther 2:22.

❇️Sometimes we boast about the good deeds that we have done, but no, we should be humble and God may reward us on Earth like he did to Mordecai, or else, we know that He will definitely reward us when we get to Heaven. If we boast, it will not seem as good as the act performed. Like Jesus said, “If you pray where everyone will see you, to impress them, then you will receive their reward in respect and admiration on the Earth, but nothing in Heaven.” Matthew 6.

The same thing applies for us.

So…. What will you do?

Prateek Emmanuel, Grade 5
Hyderabad, English Group# 7050
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