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Journey to Purpose

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One day, King Xerxes, the King of Persia and the king in the book of Esther, called for his wife Queen Vashti to come to him so he could show off her beauty to his company, but she refused to come to him. Now today, King Xerxes would have probably been labeled a masagonists and there probably would have been a protests in the name of Queen Vashti, but back then it was against the law to not do something the king told you to do. So because of Queen Vashti’s disobedience, King Xerxes and his advisors thought to themselves “That if the queen could disobey him” then this could set precedence for women and wives in all the land to think they could disobey their husbands. So in order to make an example out of her, he moves to strip her of her Queen title and give it to another woman. So he sends out a search for young virgins to be brought to Susa, undergo 12 months of beauty treatments and then be brought to him.
This is where Queen Esther enters into the story. But make no mistake, Queen Esther’s journey to be Queen does not begin with a beauty pageant but it begins with the lost of her parents.
I have entitled today’s message “Journey to Purpose” in order to highlight Esther’s origin of pain and tragedy before her moment of destiny the fact that Esther was a Jewish orphan in a Persian land.
Moses’ journey to become the Moses that would lead the Israelites out of Egypt began with his mother having to give up in order to save his life.
Joseph’s journey to save his family, and thereby the future of God’s people, from starvation began with his brothers selling him into slavery.
Sometimes God uses tragedy to position in the place of destiny.
What makes Queen esther such a great example to both women and men is what she is able to accomplish in light of her pain.
According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.
In short, resilenec is our abilityt to adapt to difficult situations and I think we can all agree that we all have had to learn or need to learn resilience in the time that we are in.
You can do the right thing, but at the wrong time
Courage (Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that something else is more important)
March 14-15 the Jews celebrate the Purim Festival because Esther saved the Jews from annihilation.
Esther is one of the two books out of the Bible that does not mention the name God.
Hadassah changed her name to Esther
Hadassah was her Hebrew name meaning myrtle tree (meaning righteousness or do the right thing) It is a plant associated with love, peace, fertility and youth.
Esther means “star”
You need the right people around you.
Focus on what you can handle
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