Sunday, 3rd March 2019
Ps Moses Kam
I. To be Satisfied by True Love
Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them. Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.” This advice appealed to the king, and he followed it. (Esther 2:1-4)
What is true love? The King realized that his relationship with the queen is broken, he was not able to understand the queen; and she was not able to understand him and his needs. God will be pleased with us when we seek true love, not by feelings but to have the true relationship, and to embrace God’s preparation.
II. To Embrace God’s Preparation
Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin king of Judah. Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died. When the king’s order and edict had been proclaimed, many young women were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the king’s palace and entrusted to Hegai, who had charge of the harem. (Esther 2:5-8)
Mordecai was able to use a faithful attitude to deal with the things given to him. Even though he was a captive in Persia, but God has given him this girl to care for and to do great things later on. God has prepared Mordecai and Esther long ago, and they were able to embrace the calling when it came to them.
III. To Win the Favour of Others
1. The Favour of Authority
She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem. Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so. Every day he walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her. (Esther 2:9-11)
Esther had the favour from king’s servants. The requirements to be the queen was very high, and as the king’s servant, Hegai must have been very stressed. But God has prepared Esther to be the right person of this position.
2. The Favour of Everyone
Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. And this is how she would go to the king: Anything she wanted was given her to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace. In the evening she would go there and in the morning return to another part of the harem to the care of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name. When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. (Esther 2:12-15)
Esther was very special, not only she had beautiful appearance, but also a beautiful personality. She was brought up well and Hegai gave her all the best things, for her to be the most favoured person in front of the king.
3. The Favour of Your Spouse
She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality. (Esther 2:16-18)
Not only Esther won the favours of the authority and others, but most importantly, she was able to win the favour of the king, her spouse. Out of all the women gathered there, the king chose Esther. Esther put her future in God’s hands, she didn’t seek for her own good, but believed in whatever God has given her, at the end, she was able to win the favour.
IV. To Follow The Instructions From The Man of God
When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up. (Esther 2:19-20)