Thursday, September 23, 2021

#REDChallenge | Week 38 | Day 266 | Thursday, September 23, 2021 | Esther 1-5

#REDChallenge | Week 38 | Day 266 | Thursday, September 23, 2021 | Esther 1-5

Esther 1

Esther 2

Esther 3

Esther 4

Esther 5

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Day 260 | Friday, September 17, 2021 | Daniel 10-12

Day 261 | Saturday, September 18, 2021 | Ezra 1-3

Day 262 | Sunday, September 19, 2021 | Ezra 4-6; Psalm 137

Day 263 | Monday, September 20, 2021 | Haggai 1-2

Day 264 | Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | Zechariah 1-7

Day 265 | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | Zechariah 8-14

Day 266 | Thursday, September 23, 2021 | Esther 1-5

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  1. “So, if the king agrees, let him pronounce a royal ruling and have it recorded in the laws of the Persians and Medes so that it cannot be revoked, that Vashti is permanently banned from King Xerxes’ presence. And then let the king give her royal position to a woman who knows her place. When the king’s ruling becomes public knowledge throughout the kingdom, extensive as it is, every woman, regardless of her social position, will show proper respect to her husband.”
    Esther 1:19‭-‬20 MSG

  2. Later, when King Xerxes’ anger had cooled and he was having second thoughts about what Vashti had done and what he had ordered against her, the king’s young attendants stepped in and got the ball rolling: “Let’s begin a search for beautiful young virgins for the king. Let the king appoint officials in every province of his kingdom to bring every beautiful young virgin to the palace complex of Susa and to the harem run by Hegai, the king’s eunuch who oversees the women; he will put them through their beauty treatments. Then let the girl who best pleases the king be made queen in place of Vashti.” The king liked this advice and took it.
    Esther 2:1‭-‬4 MSG

  3. Each girl’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes after she had completed the twelve months of prescribed beauty treatments—six months’ treatment with oil of myrrh followed by six months with perfumes and various cosmetics. When it was time for the girl to go to the king, she was given whatever she wanted to take with her when she left the harem for the king’s quarters. She would go there in the evening; in the morning she would return to a second harem overseen by Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch in charge of the concubines. She never again went back to the king unless the king took a special liking to her and asked for her by name.
    Esther 2:12‭-‬14 MSG

  4. The king fell in love with Esther far more than with any of his other women or any of the other virgins—he was totally smitten by her. He placed a royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti. Then the king gave a great banquet for all his nobles and officials—“Esther’s Banquet.” He proclaimed a holiday for all the provinces and handed out gifts with royal generosity.
    Esther 2:17‭-‬18 MSG

  5. On one of the occasions when the virgins were being gathered together, Mordecai was sitting at the King’s Gate. All this time, Esther had kept her family background and race a secret as Mordecai had ordered; Esther still did what Mordecai told her, just as when she was being raised by him.
    Esther 2:19‭-‬20 MSG

  6. “Go ahead,” the king said to Haman. “It’s your money—do whatever you want with those people.”
    Esther 3:11 MSG

  7. When Hathach told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.”
    Esther 4:12‭-‬14 MSG

  8. Esther sent back her answer to Mordecai: “Go and get all the Jews living in Susa together. Fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days, either day or night. I and my maids will fast with you. If you will do this, I’ll go to the king, even though it’s forbidden. If I die, I die.”
    Esther 4:15‭-‬16 MSG