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My Closing Thoughts on Chapter 2
As we studied Esther Chapter 2 this week, we were introduced to the 12-month process Esther went through before being chosen as queen. While we touched on this topic in the study guide, I wanted to expand a bit more on it today, drawing deeper connections throughout Scripture.
You might see it differently than me, but the way I look at this process of purification, is that it’s more than simply a historical account of events. In the story of Esther, we find a mirror to our own calling: chosen, prepared, and set apart by a Divine King for a purpose beyond earthly kingdoms. As with many stories in the Old Testament, it serves as an allegory for profound spiritual truths, resonating with our call to purity, love, and devotion.
Esther’s purification is not merely about appearance; it’s about being chosen, prepared, and set apart for royalty. Paul echoes this in 2 Corinthians 11:2, speaking of preparing the church as a “pure virgin” for Christ. Like Esther, we are in a spiritual preparation, chosen and set apart to stand before our heavenly King.
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. (2 Corinthians 11:2, NIV)
Esther’s story reflects a divine process of preparation and selection that goes beyond earthly appearances. Similarly, as described in Ephesians 5:25-27, Christ’s love for the Church is expressed through His desire to sanctify and cleanse it, making it radiant and without blemish. It’s not about external adornment, but a divine purification through His sacrifice, preparing us for His eternal kingdom.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27, NIV)
And in 2 Timothy 2:21, we find the call to become vessels for honorable use. Esther was set apart for a royal purpose; we are chosen for divine purposes. This passage guides us to a life reflecting purity and righteousness, akin to Esther’s preparation for her king.
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21, ESV)
As we look back on this chapter, may it always remind us to trust in God’s process, lean into His love, and walk in the knowledge that we are chosen, set apart, and beloved in His eyes.
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
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