ESTHER – QUEEN OF GRACE

MAY 9|SUNDAY
BIBLE READING|ESTHER 2:5-10; 15-18

Have you ever observed that no member of the Royal Family in England seeks to be noticed or recognized? Apart from the fact of biological birth into the Royal Family, they do nothing to be so accorded. That association announces them wherever they go. Grace announces us to the world. We are saved by grace through faith. Jesus is the source of the grace. We don’t struggle for it. It is available. It qualifies us.

The Jews, courtesy God’s promise to Abraham and Jacob (later Israel) carried that grace around with them wherever they found themselves. That included when Esther, Mordecai and the other Jews were captives in a strange land. (vv. 5-6). Ordinarily, Esther was a nobody by her pedigree, but that Jewish heritage could not be ignored. She was an orphan and had to grow up under Mordecai her big cousin in a strange land. Time came when the queen was to be replaced in the foreign kingdom. Mordecai fronted Esther.

The grace of God show-cased Esther and made her the “Queen of Grace” among other beautiful indigenes of the kingdom. She did not have to struggle. She did not need to front Mordecai to be shown favour. She exhibited the grace over her life before, during and after her being crowned as Queen.

Esther grew up in a godly way and she maintained it even in a strange land; she was a virgin (chaste) and modest in outlook – rare virtues of our societies today. She was gracious all-round. Esther’s godly lifestyle brought her into favour with the palace keeper (Esther 2:8, 9) and ultimately with King Ahasuerus. She became Queen of Grace!

PRAYER: May the grace and favour of God announce you wherever you enter in Jesus name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |2 KINGS 7-9 & JOHN 1:1-28

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