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    Christian Devotional – November 19, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #29 Remember. Share the story and make sure that we remember what God has done. Read Esther 9:20-28. Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another…

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    Christian Devotional – November 18, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #28 Celebration! The Jews have been saved and they defeated their enemies. Now they take time to celebrate. Read Esther 9:16-19. Meanwhile, the remainder of the Jews who were in the king’s provinces also assembled to protect themselves and get relief from their enemies. They killed seventy-five thousand of them but did not lay their hands on the plunder. This happened on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy. The Jews in Susa, however, had assembled on the thirteenth and fourteenth, and then on the fifteenth they rested and…

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    Christian Devotional – November 16, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #27 Victory! The Jews were successful and saw their enemies fall before them. Read Esther 9:11-15. The number of those killed in the citadel of Susa was reported to the king that same day. The king said to Queen Esther, “The Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman in the citadel of Susa. What have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? Now what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? It will also be granted.” “If it pleases the king,” Esther answered, “give the Jews in Susa permission to carry…

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    Christian Devotional – November 15, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #26 Continued blessing. Because of all that has happened, there are continuing blessings for Mordecai. Read Esther 9:1-10. On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them. The Jews assembled in their cities in all the provinces of King Xerxes to attack those determined to destroy them. No one could stand against them, because the people of all the other…

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    Christian Devotional – November 12, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #25 Hope. The Jews now had hope where before they had nothing. Read Esther 8:15-17. Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor. In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many among the peoples of the…

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    Christian Devotional – November 11, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #24 The right to fight back. Esther knew that they could not change the decree that had already gone out giving people the right to try and kill the Jews. However, she and mordecai came up with another solution. Read Esther 8:4-14. The king extended the golden scepter to Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king. Then she said, “If it pleases the king and if I have found favor before him and the matter seems proper to the king and I am pleasing in his sight, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the…

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    Christian Devotional – November 10, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #23 Still a problem. While we saw yesterday that the king addressed the problem with Haman, Esther still has a problem that she needs to bring before the king. Read Esther 8:1-3. On that day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther; and Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had disclosed what he was to her. The king took off his signet ring which he had taken away from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. Then Esther spoke again to the king, fell at his feet, wept…

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    Christian Devotional – November 9, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #22 Irony. Haman had determined to destroy the Jews all because of Mordecai, yet he is hung on the very gallows that he built to hang Mordecai on. Read Esther 7:5-10. Then King Ahasuerus asked Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would presume to do thus?” Esther said, “A foe and an enemy is this wicked Haman!” Then Haman became terrified before the king and queen. The king arose in his anger from drinking wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm had been determined against…

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    Christian Devotional – November 8, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #21 Please give me my life. Esther finally tells the King exactly what is going on and what was so important that she was willing to risk her life to come before the king. Read Esther 7:1-4. Now the king and Haman came to drink wine with Esther the queen. And the king said to Esther on the second day also as they drank their wine at the banquet, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.” Then Queen Esther replied, “If I have found favor in…

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    Christian Devotional – November 7, 2020

    Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #20 The fall. Mordecai has been honored instead of hanged. Haman is beside himself with anger. His fall has begun. Read Esther 6:11-14. So Haman took the robe and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.” Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried home, mourning, with his head covered. Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, “If…