Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, . . . Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. 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 2:5-7)
Passage: Philippians 2:12-17
In 609 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon conquered the nation of Judah and began to take people into exile. The exile lasted 70 years until 539 B.C., when the Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon and allowed Jews to return to Israel, though Israel continued to be under the rule of Persia. Most of the Jews who were born and raised in exile, stayed behind and through the ensuing years, God raised up people to impact the world.
Two of those people were Mordecai and Esther. Mordecai was a given Persian name meaning, “servant of Marduk”. Esther was a given Persian name meaning, “Star”. Under a pagan ruler and through trying circumstances, Mordecai and Esther shined for God. Whatever you face in life and wherever you are, God wants to use you to shine for Him. Shine like a star for Jesus!
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