Esther Twice Chosen
Synopsis Esther 1:18-2:8 11/11/2020
When King Ahasuerus called for Queen Vashti to come to his court, she refused. She was unwilling to be objectified in front of his courtiers. Of course, this enraged the king. His intent was to impress the courtiers with his power and dominion. But her refusal sent the opposite message.
So, under the advice of his most trusted counselors in the court, he deposed Queen Vashti. And he even made a law that stated, “Every man is the lord of his house.” In this way, the men of the court sought to regain control and to avoid an upheaval. In the end, Vashti’s refusal struck fear in the men. Because of her example, they imagined women would be rebelling from their husbands throughout the empire.
However, after a while, the king calmed down. And he once again longed to have a queen. So, other advisors suggested beginning a search for a new queen from among the beautiful women of the empire. As a result, the king’s eunuchs formed a harem of women who were chosen from around the empire.
Now, Mordecai, who was a servant at the king’s outer court, was a Jew. And so was Esther. In fact, both were Jews exiled from Jerusalem. However, Esther’s parents both died. But Mordecai pitied the Esther. And so, as her nearest kinsmen, he raised her as a daughter.
But because of her extraordinary beauty, Esther was chosen to be member of the king’s new harem.
Esther Twice Chosen
Esther was a Jewish woman. As such, she understood herself to be one amongst God’s chosen people. But then, she was also chosen to be amongst the king’s harem. And it was from amongst this group that she would ultimately be chosen as the new queen.
My Chosen Self
I am chosen. And, as a Christian believer, you are chosen.
Sometimes the Way feels like something that we choose for ourselves. It feels like something I wanted for my life and so I pursued it.
But God reveals that this way of thinking and feeling is backward. Specifically, Jesus revealed himself as the ultimate chooser. He testified that He chose you as a disciple before time even began. And similarly, He chose me.
So, it’s in this way that we are chosen. Like Esther, maybe it’s what we always hoped for. Or maybe it’s better than we ever imagined. Or, maybe we never imagined it at all. But however any of us might come, it was always God’s Way. He chose it.
He created each of us with purpose and meaning in order to fulfill the role for which we were created.
“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” John 15:16