Esther 7: 1-6
So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther, and as they were drinking wine on that second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”
Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life–this is my petition. And spare my people–this is my request. For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.”
King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is the man who has dared to do such a thing?”
Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman.”
Today’s scripture takes place in Persia at a time when the Jews had been captured and facing massacre at the hand of an evil man Haman. Esther was a young Jewish girl who had been chosen to be queen of Persia because of her great beauty. When offered any request up to half the kingdom, Esther risked her own life by telling the king that she was a Jew to save the lives of her people. In the end of the story Haman lost his life and the Jews were saved.
Beware of any traps that you may set to snare others to benefit yourself. Most of the time when we try to wrong someone, we end up being the one thats gets hurt. How many of us today are willing to risk our lives for the sake of others?
Father, help us as believers to have a pure heart and be more concerned for the good of you and others. We must trust you in all circumstances. Thank you for your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.