One of the many things I love about God is His ability to use anything for His purposes. From the time man disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit in the garden, God has been on a relentless pursuit of mankind. When He selected Abraham to be the man to father the nation He was building, that family became His people. Overtime the name of Abraham’s decedents went from being called Hebrews, to Israelites, and finally to Jews. Jew is the English understanding of the Hebrew word Judah, the tribe that many of today’s Jews descend from (Using the term Jew to describe the Jewish people is not racist or condescending when used as a noun. It is when we use it at as a verb, like to jew someone down on their price, or in such a way that racism is implied from use and tone that the word is wrong!). It is with this remnant of people that God uses to bring people back to Him.
As followers of Christ and as people living nearly twenty-five hundred years after the events of Esther we know that Jesus is the ultimate piece of the puzzle that restores the torn relationship. But God was about restoration all along. In Esther 8:17 in the latter part of the verse the writer records for us these words … “And many of the people of the land became Jews themselves, for they feared what the Jews might do to them.” (Ester 8:17 NLT) In their king granted strength the people became scared of the Jews. So they bought into the old adage … if you cannot beat them, join them. This put a few more people in the path to the restoration of God’s relationship with mankind.
God will use anything. What did He use in your life to restore the relationship with you? What has you used in others lives? What situations and circumstance are currently happening in the lives of those around you that God may be using? Keep and observant eye open, always ready to share the good news of Jesus.