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“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” – Esther 4:16

Not because the actual date for celebrating women internationally has passed, means that the journey for women on the whole has ceased, as until Jesus comes again, the journey continues.

The Book of Esther is very powerful as it is without doubt, the innate unmatched resolve of womanhood to survive in spite of whatever would choose to be barriers and hindrances. It is a book that must be read over and over.

Although the Book of Esther does not mention the name of God, on reading, it will reveal that it does have a spiritual base. The enemies of God’s people may triumph for not only a season, but seasons; but the ultimate victory belongs to God. The battle is not yours – it is the Lord’s.

Leaders in power have the right and privilege to hold lavish banquets and Ahasuerus (King Xerxes of Persia) was no exception. So, he provides a lavish banquet and display of royal glory for the people of Susa, and proudly seeks to make Queen Vashti’s beauty a part of the program. When she refuses to appear, the king seeks another queen and Esther wins the royal beauty pageant. At her cousin Mordecai’s instructions, she does not reveal that she is Jewish. With her help, Mordecai is able to warn the king of an assassination plot, and his deed is recorded in the palace records.

Meanwhile, Haman becomes captain of the princes, but Mordecai refuses to bow to him. In retaliation, he convinces Ahasuerus to issue an edict that all Jews in the empire will be slain 11 months hence in a single day. Mordecai asks Esther to appeal to the king to spare the Jews and reminded her that she, too, is a Jew.

After fasting, fearless and determined Esther appears before the king to invite him along with Haman to a banquet. At the banquet she requests that they attend a second banquet, as she seeks the right moment to divulge her request. Haman is flattered but later enraged when he sees Mordecai. He takes his wife’s suggestion to build a large gallows for his enemy that night, a sleepless Ahasuerus discovers the oversight in rewarding Mordecai and asks Haman’s counsel.

Haman mistakenly thinking the king wants to honor him, tells the king how the honor should be bestowed, only to find out that the reward is for Mordecai. At the second banquet Esther makes her plea for her people and accuses Haman of his treachery. The king is infuriated and orders Haman hanged on the gallows he intended for Mordecai.

When the time for the 11 months came, the Jews went to battle and defeated their enemies and Mordecai advanced to the position as deputy to the king.

What a powerful story of tell a woman to get the job done. Here we have two women with two different mindsets and intentions. Esther is prepared to perish for the survival of her people; and Haman’s wife is giving bad advice to her husband to build gallows for Haman.

How many situations were devastating and cruel because women without love in their hearts caused pain, suffering and even death to others? The world is now in the sad situation with the Russia/Ukraine war. Women weeping for their husbands, their children and robbed of homes that held precious memories.

What advice are wives of leaders giving to their husbands when they meet in the most important room of a home, the marital bedroom. If the bedroom is on the side of right, then all the other rooms of the house fall in order. Most of us think that the kitchen holds the key, but we sadly find out that it is not the energy of the kitchen, but the synergy of the bedroom.

Dear God we pray for the “Esthers” of this world to advance to the seats of power so that the message of hope for a troubled world will come to pass. Peace on earth, and goodwill toward all men.

• E-mail or Write to P.O. Box, 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas, with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God’s blessings. 

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