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When Life Turns Upside Down     Esther 2:5-10, 16-17, 31-23     Feb. 04-07


Introduction

       Sometime in most peoples experiences there will be a time When Life Turns Upside Down. What people do during these times tells much about what there are made of. Many will look back on those experiences and note how those experiences changed their life for the better. In my own life a car wreck completely changed the people who influenced my life.


 

1.   When Life Turns Upside Down . . Accept Unavoidable Change. 2:5-7

       A.   Accept Changes With . . Adaptation. 2:5-6

5 A Jewish man was in the fortress of Susa named Mordecai son of Jair, son of

Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjaminite. 6 He had been taken into exile from Jerusalem with the other captives when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took King Jeconiah of Judah into exile.

 

       B.   Accept Changes With . . Adoption. 2:7

7 Mordecai was the legal guardian of his cousin Hadassah (that is, Esther),

because she didn't have a father or mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking. When her father and mother died, Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.


       Unavoidable changes occur in life. God worked in Esther’s life through the captivity of her people, and the death of her mother and father. She adapted very well to these experiences. She was adopted and serves as a good example to such children. Adopted children sometimes go through a period of rebellion, but from what we know Esther adapted very well. Our new translation of the Holman Christian Standard Bible expresses very well the unusual beauty God gave Esther. It says she, “had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking.” This is an accurate translation of the HEBREW words. Most people like beauty, but Esther’s beauty included her heart, attitude, and total demeanor. God gives physical beauty that cosmetics may enhance. God produces the qualities of a godly person only through a relationship with Him. Godly qualities certainly add to a ladies beauty or a man’s handsomeness.


 

2.   When Life Turns Upside Down . . Adjust To New Challenges. 2:8-10

       A.   Adjust To Challenges Of The . . Treatments. 2:8-9a

       8 When the king's command and edict became public knowledge, many young women gathered at the fortress of Susa under Hegai's care. Esther was also taken to the palace and placed under the care of Hegai, who was in charge of the women. 9 The young woman pleased him and gained his favor so that he accelerated the process of the beauty treatments and the special diet that she received.

 

       B.   Adjust To Challenges Of The . . Transfer. 2:9b

9b He assigned seven hand-picked female servants to her from the palace and

transferred her and her servants to the harem's best quarters.

 

       C.   Adjust To Challenges Of A . . Trustee. 2:10

10 Esther did not reveal her ethnic background or her birthplace, because Mordecai

had ordered her not to.


       Do women like another telling them how to take care of their face and figure, and what they can include in their diet? I don’t think so. Esther had this experience imposed upon her, and even with all her beauty she related very well to the treatments forced upon her. To add to the unsure circumstance of her life she was transferred to different quarters. Even though this living arrangement was called the best facilities it caused an adjustment. Much of what Esther experienced was urged upon her by her guardian, or trustee, named Mordecai. In the midst of this she demonstrated a submissive spirit. What do you think the feminist of our day would do with Esther?

 

3.   Avail Yourself To New Opportunities. 2:16-17, 21-23

       A.   Avail Yourself To New Opportunities For . . Reviewing. 2:16-17

16 Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus in the royal palace in the tenth month, the month Tebeth, in the

seventh year of his reign. 17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women. She won more favor and approval from him than did any of the other virgins. He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti.

 

       B.   Avail Yourself To New Opportunities For . . Reporting. 2:21-23

21 During those days while Mordecai was sitting at the King's Gate, Bigthan and

Teresh, two eunuchs who guarded the king's entrance, became infuriated and tried to assassinate King Ahasuerus. 22 When Mordecai learned of the plot, he reported it to Queen Esther, and she told the king on Mordecai's behalf. 23 When the report was investigated and verified, both men were hanged on the gallows. This event was recorded in the court records of daily events in the king's presence.


       If it can be said about a woman “her figure is beautiful, and she is extremely good-looking; does she know that? I think most would say yes she knows it. Well suppose a lady recognizes this beauty is God given and avails the opportunities He gives to be useful in His service. The king required Esther, and the others to parade in front of him for his review. Esther availed herself for this opportunity of review by displaying a godly quality no other woman possessed. The king chose her for his queen, and Esther used this opportunity as queen by reporting to him a plan being devise to take his life. We can learn from Esther’s experiences to look for God’s purpose When Life Turns Upside Down. Amen? Amen!