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You are on this world, woman, for a reason.

Esther and Joan of Arc. An odd combination: but the key point is that both women were placed in that position, in that time, for a reason. And both risked their lives.

What Mordecai says, young woman of God, is that your life is not an accident, nor are your circumstances by your choide alone. You were guided to be where you are. And you are on earth at this time and in this place for a reason.

Though you may not fight with swords[1], you can fight as well, and with more power, diplomatically. Esther knew she could influene the Emperor: she was his (neglected) wife. But she could have died if he chose not to acknowledge her.

And the Maid of Orleans died, as have many women, for the faith.

When Esther’s young women and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen was deeply distressed. She sent garments to clothe Mordecai, so that he might take off his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. Then Esther called for Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs, who had been appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was. Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate, and Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction,[a] that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him[b] on behalf of her people. And Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, 11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.”

12 And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. 13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”[c] 17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

There is another part to this. Fear is useful. Fear allows us to deal with risk. Fear, dealt with, is courage: over valued is cowardice. We have trained too many men and women to be cowards, and them blame a mere emotion that we should be able to, as adults, manage [2].

Every parent, every spouse, knows fear. This world is full of risk, and we want to spare our children much of it. But we cannot: they cannot remain in cotton wool. Indeed, becoming a mother, young woman, will involve fear: of childbirth, and concern for the future of your child.

But build a new generation, young woman. Stack the odds in your child’s favour: choose a smart and godly young man, stay with him, get him to bring home the money and homeschool your child [3]. Pray for your husband, your children and your nation. Find Godly women and let them mentor you.

The battle is spiritual at all times, but only in the times when evil is to the fore does it become physical.

Above all, heed not the culture of this time. It will end. Do not be like it. As far as you can, be well apart from it. For it is the rot and darkness: you were born to be the light and salt of this time.

And make the next generation: do not let this scabrous elite steal them.


  1. In physical combat, a trained big man will beat a trained small man. Hence weight divisions. .Most women can be beaten by a trained small man: traditionally women kill by poison, at a distance, or (most commonly) getting men to do the job for them. Guns minimise this difference for those who are trained: untrained they are far more dangerous, and besides, impossible to acquire legally in NZ.

  2. Irrational fears included: we have technologies to cure such.

3, I have seen the graduates of the education schools. They are ignorant and believe they have all the answers: a dangerous combination. You can do better, yourself.

2 Comments

  1. I was doing some research on Esther. Did you know that she was married for FIVE YEARS before her big moment came?

    What was she doing in the meantime, to keep her faith so alive that she was ready to move in that moment? No one knew she was a Jew, so she wasn’t observing the Law. She didn’t have community with other Jews – not after she was married.

    It’s an interesting thing to chew.

  2. pukeko Author

    And that is something to think about. She was definitely not married to a good man. But she did act correctly when called to.

    You never know when that season will come

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