Day 54: I trust You, Lord. Positioned to be used. Esther 2
Please, please read Esther 2. PLEASE!!! This chapter will be an eye opener to people who don’t understand words like concubine, wife, and the like. And yes…today is another topic on sex. Please brace yourself if you aren’t comfortable with it.
King Xerxes was married to a lady named Vashti. Xerxes decided to throw a party and partied for 180 days straight. He invited all the top people throughout the land. After this party ended, he decided to throw a seven day party for everyone living in the capital city. In the meantime, Vashti decided to throw her own little shindig for the women in the palace as well. Xerxes called for Vashti to come on the seventh day of his party. You see, the queen (or any other woman) didn’t have access to the king unless he wanted her (remember that if you decide to read the rest of the book of Esther). So he summoned her and Vashti decided she wasn’t going to heed to the king’s summons. What an atrocity! Xerxes thought so too. So he called for his legal counsel to learn what he could do, legally, to her. His lawyers told him that she not only embarrassed Xerxes, but every man in the party, and if the women caught wind that Vashti denied her man, all of them would start denying their men. So to make a statement that ‘men rule and women drool,’ the lawyers told Xerxes to denounce Vashti. She was kicked out of the palace and they wrote it in the law books so it could never be revoked.
On to chapter 2:
Now Xerxes needed a new queen. Do you know what this trifling dude did? He called for all the young, beautiful virgins in the land to the palace to go through a 12 month beautification process. Now here’s the nasty part. When it was a woman’s turn to go the king for sex, she had to be right and tight, smelling fresh and nice. After he sexed her, he never looked back at her again unless he was ‘pleased with her.’ He basically screwed her, made her useless to any other man because she was no longer a virgin and hereby ‘married’ to the king, and then threw her in another part of the palace. Sure, this deflowered woman had the luxuries of ‘one of his womenfolk’ but that’s about it. Can you imagine that?
In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name. Esther 2:14 KJV
Can you imagine being used for a man’s pleasure AFTER following his 12 month ‘cleaning’ process, only to be thrown away after your one and only night with him? Hmph! Nasty buzzard!
Any who…Esther was one of these beautiful virgins. She was prepped like the other women and waited her turn to become one of his ‘womenfolk.’ When she was summoned, though, something different happened: she was crowned queen!
And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:17 KJV
You can read the rest of this book to get the middle part of this story, but the story ends with Esther saving the entire race of Jews. Esther never shared her lineage with Xerxes, and he never asked (how he sleeping with people and don’t know nothing about them – in your southern dialect). When Xerxes decided to kill all the Jews at Haman’s (Xerxes close confident) suggestion, Esther let him know that she too was a Jew (see Esther 7). This saved all the Jews, including herself.
If you recall, Kind Saul (the Israelite’s first king) was ordered to kill all of the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:3). This is what caused God to command Samuel to anoint a new king (David). Haman was most likely a descendent of an Amalekites king according to his lineage. The Amalekites hated the Jews and this hatred spilled over generation after generation. Once again God’s people were up against being destroyed and one woman, who was put in a nasty situation, is crowned queen and saved the entire nation of Jews!
The point of all of this is in today’s society, Esther was in a nasty predicament. She could have easily been used and thrown to the side like the other women, but God placed a certain grace on her to save His people. You see, at first all you may see is a nasty king doing all kinds of things with these ‘good’ girls and ruining their good names (no one would want them now). In the end you see the evil being turned into good. She was in the position to be used. She was willing to be used, not knowing what was to come nor why she was placed there.
Sometimes people plot against you. You come up against so much adversary. Hold fast and stand still. Go through it. It will not only build you up, but if you are righteous, it will lead you to your destiny. You will have the chance to be used mightily by God. And:
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. Proverbs 26:27
You don’t hurt your pretty little head with it. You will overcome whatever people throw at you. You may look like you are in a bad situation, but trust it will turn for the good.
Not sidestepping for anyone,
Keiyia JOYet George
Trust Walk: Walking in His Steps coming soon!