4 “If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.” 5 “Bring Haman at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Esther asks.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared. 6 As they were drinking wine, the king again asked Esther, “Now what is your petition? It will be given you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.” 7 Esther replied, “My petition and my request is this: 8 If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.” Esther 5:4-8
The book of Esther has always been my favorite. But this verse holds some treasure from the Kingdom of God. I have learned the way of the Kingdom is completely opposite of what we learn here on earth from our culture.
In this portion of Scripture, Esther is giving a banquet for her enemy. Haman wanted to kill all of her people. Haman had no idea though that the queen was Jewish so he never suspected his fate when she invited him to the banquet. Esther was following a kingdom principle whether she knew it or not. She was blessing her enemy and releasing him to the hands of the king.
Jesus said at the sermon on the mount, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. This is a kingdom principle. When we live by the these principles, it pleases the King.
Esther didn’t take matters into her own hands, and take revenge as we talked about on Day 5. No, she knew the King could handle her enemy. She set her enemy up by blessing him with a banquet.
So here is the question. How does this verse prepare me to expand His kingdom?
If I was to re-word this portion of Scripture to apply to me, it would say:
Jesus you are my King, and I ask, “If it pleases the king, let the king, together with my enemy, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”
Who is my enemy? ME. 🙂 (SELF)
Yep I said that right. I am my worst enemy sometimes. I get in the way of God’s plan all the time. Me is the problem. But thankfully the King has a solution.
“Bring SELF at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Jodie asks.” So the king and SELF went to the banquet that was prepared.
Bless your enemy (you) and love your enemy (you) and leave the changing to God. We can not change ourselves. Only God can change us and make us more like Him.
As they were soaking in the Spirit, the King Jesus again asked Jodie, “Now what is your petition? It will be given you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”
It takes being in His presence to take care of your enemy. He is the one Who can handle the SELF in all of us.
Jodie replied, “My petition and my request is this, “If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and SELF come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them.
Today I feast and spend time in His presence. Tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow the Haman in me will be die.
Hang the Haman in Me!! When Me is out of the way, the Kingdom of God will grow.
I (SELF) have been crucified with Christ and I (SELF) no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?
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