14 - Ascending and Standing
3 Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
Queen Esther was trained and groomed to delight her king, and she ascended and stood before him with confidence.
That was because she sought and took the counsel of those who knew what the king's tastes were and she gained his favour from the first.
8 So now, as a result of the king's decree, Esther was brought to the king's harem at Shushan Palace along with many other young girls.
9 Hegai, who was responsible for the harem, was very much impressed with her and did his best to make her happy; he ordered a special menu for her, favored her for the beauty treatments, gave her seven girls from the palace as her maids, and gave her the most luxurious apartment in the harem...
12 The instructions concerning these girls were that before being taken to the king's bed, each would be given six months of beauty treatments with oil of myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments.
13 Then, as each girl's turn came for spending the night with King Ahasuerus, she was given her choice of clothing or jewelry she wished, to enhance her beauty...
15 When it was Esther's turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem, dressing according to his instructions. And all the other girls exclaimed with delight when they saw her.
16 So Esther was taken to the palace of the king in January of the seventh year of his reign.
17 Well, the king loved Esther more than any of the other girls. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen...
18 To celebrate the occasion, he threw another big party for all his officials and servants, giving generous gifts to everyone and making grants to the provinces in the form of remission of taxes.
Our King's tastes are listed here quite plainly for us to follow:
4 Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols and never tell lies.
What do these verses mean for us today, you ask?
to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength
to make God's priorities mine in life and not to have anything in my heart that is more important than the Lord
to never believe lies about the Lord or myself, because my lifestyle will be off balance and tell lies about the Lord.
5 They will receive the Lord's blessing
and have a right relationship with God their saviour.
6 Such people may seek you and worship in your presence,
O God of Jacob.
Tomorrow we'll be back with another meditation about the Lord Jesus Christ!
He Is the King of GLORY!