This post is Day 26 in a series of studies about “Doors & Gates”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Doors & Gates – Day 26
As in all good fairy stories our heroine was chosen to be queen instead of Vashti. She was in that position when Mordecai overheard the conversation. He told Queen Esther what was being planned, persuaded her to report it to the king and the two officials were put to death.
During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.
Ten times in the short book of Esther we read that something happened at the king’s gate. It was a major place of discussion and activity in that time. We can add to the things listed yesterday that gateways to the city were a place of plotting and subterfuge. That’s what we find here in Esther’s story.
We know nothing about the terrorists, only that their plot failed because of Mordecai. He was the key to much of Esther’s life. Mordecai adopted and educated Esther after her parents both died. He persuaded her to enter the beauty competition held to find a replacement queen for King Xerxes after his first queen, Vashti, had been dethroned.
As in all good “fairy stories” our “heroine” Esther was eventually chosen to be queen in Vashti’s place. When Mordecai, at the king’s gate, overheard the conversation described in the verse for today, he told Queen Esther what was being planned. He persuaded her to report it to the king and the two officials were subsequently put to death.
Praise God that He always has His people in the right place at the right time. Imagine how history might have been different if some of God’s people had not been in the right place doing the right thing at the right time.
Look back through your life and that of others in your family. Remember times when someone was in the right place at the right time. Praise God for each of those occasions.
Pray that in these stressful days of covid you can be used by Jesus. Pray to be in the right place at just the right moment to share His love with a not-yet believer.