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January 27 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 16-18; Matthew 18:1-20

Righteous Among the Nations

For such a time as this.
Esther 4:14
READ ESTHER 4:5–14

At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Israel, my husband and I went to the Righteous Among the Nations garden that honors the men and women who risked their lives to save Jewish people during the Holocaust. While looking at the memorial, we met a group from the Netherlands. One woman was there to see her grandparents’ names listed on the large plaques. Intrigued, we asked about her family’s story.

Members of a resistance network, the woman’s grandparents Rev. Pieter and Adriana Müller took in a two-year-old Jewish boy and passed him off as the youngest of their eight children from 1943-1945.

Moved by the story, we asked, “Did the little boy survive?” An older gentleman in the group stepped forward and proclaimed, “I am that boy!”

The bravery of many to act on behalf of the Jewish people reminds me of Queen Esther. The queen may have thought she could escape King Xerxes’s decree to annihilate the Jews around 475 BC because she had concealed her ethnicity. However, she was convinced to act—even under the threat of death—when her cousin begged her to not remain silent about her Jewish heritage because she had been placed in her position “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

We may never be asked to make such a dramatic decision. However, we will likely face the choice to speak out against an injustice or remain silent; to provide assistance to someone in trouble or turn away. May God grant us courage.
By Lisa Samra

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Since God isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther, some question why it’s included in the Bible. One view is that in Esther we see God providentially working behind the scenes, as in today’s passage. Without explicitly stating it, by his words to Esther (4:13-14) Mordecai shows he believes in God and His ordering of world events. If Esther doesn’t speak up, God will provide deliverance by some other means. Alyson Kieda

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