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THE RELIGION CORNER: Don’t Miss Your Moment!

Have you had your Esther moment, that special day in your life when you had that required extraordinary bravery? The story of Esther shares the extraordinary bravery she had to undergo to save her people. Hopefully, her story will help you understand my question to you about your Esther moment.

Assigned to save the Jewish people by pretending that she was non-Jewish, a role in which Esther would likely be killed if someone found out, except her special beauty allowed her to carry out this mission precisely. Let’s take a look at this short version of the bible story of Esther.

Esther’s beauty won her Hegai’s favor and she was given special attention. Esther was careful however to not tell anyone her nationality, as Mordecai had warned her not to.

When it was Esther’s turn to go before the king, he immediately found her the most attractive and beautiful of all women and placed the royal crown on her head. King Ahasuerus held a great banquet for his new queen, Esther. Esther continued to hide her Jewish background as Mordecai had instructed her to do because he knew it would be dangerous for her if anyone found out she was a Jew.

While sitting by the king’s gate one night, Mordecai overheard two guards named Bigthana and Teresh conspiring to assassinate King Xerxes. Mordecai told Queen Esther of the plan and Esther told the king, giving credit to Mordecai for overhearing the plan. The two guards were hanged.

Mordecai then refused to bow down to Haman, the highest of all nobles. When Haman found out about this and that Mordecai was a Jew, Haman became so angry that he wanted to kill not only just Mordecai but all of the Jewish nation. Haman convinced King Xerxes to kill all Jews since they don’t want to follow his rules. King Ahasuerus agreed and set a date for all Jews to be killed.

Mordecai told Esther about the king’s edict to kill all the Jewish people. Esther was afraid for her life, and she tried to avoid this to do something, though Mordecai continued to ask her for help. Esther responded by instructing all Jews to join her in fasting for three days and three nights, then she would approach the king with her request.

She went to King Xerxes after three days of fasting and the king asked her what her request was. Queen Ester asked that the king and Haman join her at a banquet the next day. The king said yes and asked Esther to let her request be known at the banquet. Haman was still so enraged with Mordecai that he went to set up a pole to impale Mordecai the morning before the banquet.

One night things changed when the king couldn’t sleep, and like most of us, he began to read the book that contained all that had happened during his reign. He read and was reminded of how Mordecai exposed the plot to assassinate the king. The king wanted to reward Mordecai for his good deed and he called Haman in to ask what should be done for a man who the king really admired and believed in. Haman thought the king was talking about himself and responding saying extravagant gifts and honor. Haman was even more enraged when the king told him it was for Mordecai!

The next day was the banquet Queen Esther had called for. The king again asked Esther what her request was so he could grant her what she wanted. Esther boldly asked that she and her people be spared and that Haman had plotted to kill all Jews for money. The king was filled with anger against Haman and had him hanged on the very pole that Haman had set up for Mordecai.

Queen Esther and Mordecai were given Haman’s estate. They were honored with royal garments and a decree was written to protect all Jews.

It was Esther’s mission in life to save her people. She did so, and they were all set free and earned a certain amount of wealth and independence.

This story shows us how we can walk by faith and not by sight to achieve deeds assigned to our hands by God. Did you miss your moment?

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email lyndiagrantshowdc@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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