And Your Daughters: Fear Not! (4)

Turning to look back into the Old Testament, Carolyn Custiss James continues to write about fearless women…

Esther the Bold

Esther’s fear was in the realm of politics, power, and a threatened genocide. Mordecia’s ultimatum was a direct challenge for her to step out alone and break the law by initiating an uninvited meeting with the king—action that was a capital offense.

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Those are Rebecca Gilmer ezer-warrior fightin’ words, and Esther accepted the challenge. Her actions resulted in career advancement for both her and for Mordecai. No longer existing solely for the king’s pleasure, Esther moved into a position of powerful influence in the empire.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to And Your Daughters: Fear Not! (4)

  1. I do not know who Rebecca Gilmer is, but “ezer warrior fighting words” is Carolyn James’ way of describing Esther’s courage.

  2. Maria Ling says:

    Maybe it’s my context or lack of, but I don’t understand this phrase, “Those are Rebecca Gilmer ezer-warrior fightin’ words” so could you please explain a little bit? Thanks.

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