This story comes wrapped in a shroud of mystery. It involves a mother and her children, but because this person is a person of considerable influence in the nation in which she lives, keeping her identity under wraps ensures her safety.
The unnamed nation is in Asia and is known for the persecution of Christians and nationalism that drives its government. Because Christian congregations can’t build a church structure there, the body of Christ meets in smaller venues, gathering in something more like a house church. The government ties national identity to its dominant religion, and it works to eliminate groups perceived as threats.
For such a time as this…
Now, consider a parallel in the Old Testament; ancient Persia, about 100 years after the Babylonian captivity. The king of the Persian Empire is Xerxes I. Esther is his queen. An imminent threat faces her people with a pogrom-styled campaign headed by one of the court’s highest officials, Haman. Esther’s cousin Mordecai urges Esther to use her influence to persuade the king to stop the campaign, using these words in Esther 4: 13-14.
“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 your royal position for such a time as this?”
God used Esther to deliver her people.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama