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IF I PERISH I PERIH
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By Share Godsword
Published on 03/18/2011
 
A young captive Hebrew girl becomes queen of Persia and rescues her people from a wicked plot.

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FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

ESTHER
Read Esther Chapters 1–4
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     Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah… This girl, who was also known as Esther, was lovely in form and features, and Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.   Esther 2:7
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     Esther's story takes place when the Jews were captives in Persia. She was gathered up with many other beautiful young women into the harem of King Ahasuerus, and then chosen to be the queen. Her cousin, Mordecai had instructed her to be silent about her Jewish heritage, but then came her time of decision: Her people were in grave danger, and only she could approach the king to save them. 
     After calling for a fast, she said, "I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish." (4:16b)
     Esther could have never imagined, as she was being carried off into captivity that she would become Queen of Persia and the rescuer of her people. She couldn't see into the future, and neither can we. But we can trust Esther's God to use us for His glory.
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     Lord, just as You had a plan for Esther, I know You have a plan for me and for each member of my family. Help us to trust and obey Your leading, knowing that you are in control of the events of our lives.
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     “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"      Esther 4:14 NIV