The Book of Esther describes an environment that was increasingly hostile toward the Jews. Mordecai and Esther were minority Jews living in the Persian Empire. At that time the population was comprised of 250-350 million Arabs and 18 million Jews. The clock was ticking rapidly toward their annihilation. If the Jewish inhabitants were to be spared, Mordecai knew a decision had to be made right away. It was obvious to Mordecai that Esther had to be reminded of her heritage. Esther had made Mordecai proud but now her loyalty to the people of God would be tested. After prayer and fasting she approached the king with her request and miraculously her people were spared. This decision affected not only her but also her family for generations to come. Esther 9:31 records the long-term impact of this decision, “To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according to Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry” (King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Prayer: Lord, help me to make the right decisions today. My family is at stake. The climate in my world is hostile and the enemy is seeking to destroy me and the generation that follows me. Keep me true, Lord Jesus, keep me true!


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