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The Golden Scepter: Do I Perish or Survive?

Esther 4:16 If I perish, I perish

Esther was an incredible woman and Queen.
She found favor with the King when first seen!

She was so very brave and so very strong.
She sensed that something was very wrong!

Mordecai spoke with Esther his beloved niece and kin.
He boldly told her all about a deadly plot and Haman’s sin!

She needed to go immediately to her husband the King.
She tried to reach him over and over, she’d do anything!

No matter the circumstances, If I perish, I perish.
The goal is to help my people that is my wish!

She planned to appear at the Kings’ meeting without fear.
It was imperative to warn him there was a killer near!

She burst into his meeting completely unannounced.
The henchman surrounding the king were ready to pounce!

The King held out his golden Scepter over his wife.
Thereby stopping the guards and saving her life!

She asked for an audience and dinner that night.
In which she’d tell him all about her awful plight!

It is true that Haman has plans to kill me and any Jew.
The King was beyond shocked claimed he never knew!

Haman and his family were ordered hung soon after.
Esther and her King celebrated with food and laughter!

Esther’s name is along with other greats in the Bible.
Her focus was following God for her people’s survival!


There are many themes at work in the book of Esther. Notably, God’s interaction with man’s will. We see the LORD’s intolerance and distaste concerning racial prejudice. We also see how He has the power to offer His wisdom to help in times of danger.  The biggest part of Esther’s story for me, is seeing God’s Sovereignty in full blown action. How the hand of GOD works in the lives of all His children.

Esther was a vessel for God’s will and purpose. He utilized the circumstances in Esther’s life to work out His divine plan and purpose. In this case to save the Jewish people and thwart Haman’s dastardly plans.  So, we can trust in God to care over every aspect of our lives.

Also, in this book was God’s deliverance plan. He raised up Esther, just as He raised up so many others in the Bible. Just as He did with Moses, Joshua, and Joseph to deliver His Children from vast destruction. Ultimately through Jesus Christ, we’re delivered from death and the infernal fires of hell. We live forever, in Christ.

God is able to save His children.

Esther is a powerful book in the Bible which serves as a great reminder that God ultimately is in control, and He can do all things.  Just as when we are called for His purpose, through Jesus Christ we can do all things. But only by Him and through Him, not by our own accord or timing, but His and His alone.

Esther had the Golden Scepter held out to her, the King showed her mercy and love. He granted her to come into his courts.

As children of God, isn’t it amazing that we have the “One and only KING of kings” who extends His Golden Scepter by way of grace, mercy, and love over each and every one of us!

Isn’t that a WOW in your book?

He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

“Father may I never forget how You deliver Your children and raise them up from way back in the days of old, to current times, thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. A story of God’s deliverance in an astonishing way though He isn’t mention in that book; we see His intervention in a number of things that played out.
    The fact that the king’s first wife was expelled whereby he was looking for another woman to take her place.
    The man who took his uncle’s daughter Esther in and raised her and was partner with her in the saving of a people
    God knew the heart of Haman and what he would be up to eventually.
    The fact that Mordecia would overhear a plot against the king and make it known to Esther who then told her husband on behalf of her uncle. No action was given to him as a reward at that time because it would be the means God would call to the Kings attention later that would be the undoing of this crafty and hateful man driven to extinguish thousands for vengeance towards one individual.
    The casting of the lot to see what time the killing should take place whereby Haman acts to convince the king to put his actions in motion with the temptation of putting a sum of money into the king’s treasury.
    The announcement of Mordecia to Esther to go before the king stating a profound reasoning, “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as THIS”?
    A reply to the queen that she would not be spared from the wrath of Haman should she be quiet about the matter.
    The king’s loving response to Esther when she comes into his court though it was unlawful with the possibility of being put to death.
    Haman bragging about his wealth, position, and children. Yet hatred prevails over all these privileges and a decision was made when his wife suggest a gallows be built for Mordecia. That seemed to make him giddy.
    Now the timing of God to intervene as the king is sleepless and his thoughts think about checking out the records of accounts that would report past deeds to be read to him.(This being my favorite part of the story where God turns the tables on an evil person who is full of pride and arrogance.). The king inquires about what had been done to show gratitude to Mordecia.
    The question that came to the mind of the king to honor this man and Haman coming to the court at just that moment to answer it was not a coincidence. Thinking it was himself to be honored makes an elaborate remark and finds out that his enemy is the one deserving of this reward.
    How embarrassing as Haman is appointed to shout out the proclamation for this historic incident showing the king’s gratitude for this individual who he couldn’t wait to hang.
    Reading through the rest of this book shows who were spared and who went to the gallows.
    Today this celebration comes around every year called Purim. The story is played out by children in costumes.This springtime holiday of Purim is indeed a time for all-out fun and festivity, making it one of the most joyful holidays on the calendar for celebrants of all ages. These are the ways it is celebrated:
    Megillah: hearing the story of Purim read
    Mishloach manot: sending gifts of food and drink to friends

    Traditional foods of Purim include the three-sided pastry known as hamentaschen. The treat symbolizes Hamen’s hat, and eating it is a way to symbolically destroy his memory. One of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday, hamentaschen can be made with fruit, figs, poppy seeds, chocolate or other sweet fillings.

    Loved the poem and your choice to write this article about this unique story of deliverance. We know that the devil has tried to kill the Jews during these biblical times recorded for us so that the promise of His coming into the world to deliver us would be halted. God rules and overrules according to His plan over His creation.

  2. Hello Cora,

    Yes, Purim. We have Jewish friends who celebrate Purim in grand fashion. And the Hamantaschen is one of the many tasty treats presented at their table. My favorite is the one filled with chocolate and figs!

    This book of Esther is one of my many favorites, along with Ruth. Such strong women picked by God to serve a purpose in His overall ultimate plan. Completely designed by the Master!

    Thank you for your fantastic response. Loving your knowledgeable comments, it adds to the articles in a powerful way! And for those who may not be familiar with the entire book, you’ve illustrated it beautifully. Hopefully others who haven’t read this book will be spurred on to do so now!

    God Bless you Cora (Barnabas)~

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