Esther was a woman who used her voice to speak up for people suffering injustice. Her husband, the king, allowed his second in command to issue an order in his name to, “destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and children—on a single day…and to plunder their goods” (Esther 3:13). Her Uncle Mordecai heard about the royal edict and got word to Esther, asking her to plead the cause of her people to the king. The law forbade anyone, including the queen, to approach the king without being summoned. This offense was punishable by death. At great risk to herself, Queen Esther approached King Xerxes to advocate for her people. God delivered the Jewish people from slaughter that day. He used the voice of his daughter, the orphan made queen, to bring justice to his people. We, like Esther, are daughters of the King, given a voice to speak up for the voiceless.
Bearing the image of our God who loves justice (Isa. 61:8), God requires ordinary people like you and me to be justice seekers, and he gives us the grace to do what he requires.
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