– Jesus: Our Divine Advocate (Part 1)
THE POWER OF ONE
The entire theme of the Bible is Jesus! In the book of Esther, we see Jesus as our advocate and intercessor.
The Power of One
Throughout history God uses “the power of one” person over and over to illustrate for all, the might and enormity of His power in one solitary life. Esther is such a person.
Edward Everett Hale recognized the power of one when he wrote, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.”
We can see the pivotal effect one vote made in the following decisions:
- In 1654, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England
- In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be executed
- In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German
- In 1839, one vote elected Marcus Morton governor of Massachusetts
- In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the Union
- In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment
- In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic
- In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the United States Presidency
- In 1923, one vote gave Adolf Hitler control over the Nazi Party
- In 1941, one vote saved the Selective Service System just 12 weeks before Pearl Harbor!
Who Was Esther?
Esther was a beautiful Jewish girl living in exile in Persia. She was orphaned as a child and adopted by her uncle Mordecai. The king hand-selected Esther from an empire-wide search for a queen-in-waiting to replace the former queen. In brief, Esther won the “Miss Persia” beauty contest and went through a one-year makeover treatment before becoming the queen.
During the time Esther was queen, a decree was issued to exterminate all the Jews in the empire. Her uncle Mordecai, a government official, asked Esther to appeal to King Xerxes on behalf of her people. In approaching the king, Esther would be putting her life on the line. To approach the king uninvited was automatic death according to Persian law, unless the king chose to spare the person who approached him.
Mordecai’s encouragement to Esther was “…who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14)?
In God’s SOVEREIGNTY, in the middle of hopeless times – God saw fit to place Esther as QUEEN of Persia. He took her from obscurity to royalty. True to God’s appointment, Esther obeyed God, exerted influence, and saved her people from annihilation. Her response: ‘IF I PERISH, I PERISH.” “IF I DIE, I DIE.” BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!!
INTEGRATING TRUTH INTO EVERYDAY LIFE
While God’s name is not mentioned in the book of Esther, nor is Esther’s early training mentioned, God’s hand is evident in Esther’s life. While most of us tend to think of being a queen as something wonderful, reality was quite the opposite. For queens, during that time period, it was essentially a life of slavery in a luxurious setting. Esther most likely had no choice in the matter of being selected for the “beauty pageant.” She could not leave the palace or even speak with her uncle whenever she wished. She could not even approach the king at will. She was basically trapped in a royal prison.
What do you think made Esther so strong – strong enough to handle her situation with grace and beauty, as well as risking her life for her people? How can you apply that to your situation this week?