Today we meet a character from the Old Testament called Esther. She was one of the Jews who was living in Persia at the time that many of them had returned to their home land. The King, Xerxes chose her to be his Queen.
At this time, there was a plot to wipe out the Jews from the land. This was orchestrated by Haman, who was one of the nobles of the time. Queen Esther, obviously was distressed by this, and her cousin Mordecai persuaded her that she was in a position to do something about it. He told her:
“Who knows but that you have come to this royal position for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14 NIV.
She did manage to save the people, showing God’s hand at work. And so his purposes continued.
Interestingly, in the Biblical book of Esther, God’s Name does not appear at all. But he is clearly seen to be in control of events!
This reminds us that very often God is at work “behind the scenes” where we cannot see him. He often fulfils his purposes in ways that we cannot see.
Even in this though, the rescue that Esther obtained for the people, which was only temporary, points is to the greater permanent rescue that comes in Jesus.