An orphaned Jew, named Esther (which means ‘star’), is from the tribe of Benjamin. Esther is also known as Hadassah, meaning ‘Myrtle’, which signifies peace and thanksgiving. The story of Esther is taken from the Old Testament – in the Book of Esther Chapters 1 through 10.
King Xerxes decides to have a lavish display to display his power. He beckons Queen Vashti to come and show her beauty at the lavish affair. Queen Vashti refuses to come; and the king’s servant’s searches for fair young virgins to come for the occasion. All of the women virgins are to be taken to Shushan the palace unto custody of Hege the king’s chamberlain for purification.
The maiden who pleases the king will become queen instead of Vashti. In Shushan, the palace, there is a certain Jew; his name is Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite. Mordecai brought up Hadassah, ‘Esther’, his uncle’s daughter because she didn’t have a father or a mother, and she was a fair and beautiful maiden. Mordecai took her as his own daughter and raised her.
The maiden, Esther, pleases the king and she obtains kindness of him; he gives her things for purification, with such things as belonging to her, and he also gives her seven maidens, which are meant for her, and they are sent out of the king’s house unto the best place of the house for the women.
The king loves Esther and he places a royal crown upon her head, and makes her queen instead of Vashti. She’ll go through twelve months of beauty treatments before meeting with the king.
Mordecai does good deeds for the king in saving his life as he alerts him of an assassination attempt on his life. This blessing enhances Mordecai’s future with the King. Mordecai sits in the king’s gate. “Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, keepers of the doors, are wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. Mordecai told Esther who certifies it to the king in Modecai’s name. After an inquisition is made, both men are hanged in a tree, this event was written in the book of chronicles before the king.
The king provides a high position in the kingdom to Haman who is bothered with Mordecai because he will not kneel to him. Harman’s anger leads him to commence a plot to execute all Jews in the kingdom.
Mordecai finds out about Harman’s plan and tries to prevent the execution of the Jews by calling on Esther to intercede to the King. Surprisingly, the King does not know that Esther, herself, is a Jew. Esther is unsure how the King will respond if he finds out she is a Jew.
Mordecai becomes stern with Esther when she is hesitant to approach the King about this news. Have you noticed God’s name is never once mentioned in the book of Esther, but rest assured, it is my opinion, God is aware of everything we do. Mordecai tells Esther, if you continue to keep your silence, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another places; and you and your father’s house will perish. Mordecai tells Esther who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther lastly decides to approach the King and invites him and Haman to a banquet. She’s doing this to try and get a timeline before she informs the king about Haman’s plot to kill the Jews.
Haman’s intense hatred of Mordecai grows. His wife and friends warn Haman to be watchful and he decides to build a special gallows right beside of his house to hang Mordecai. Don’t fear God moves to save the Jews.
The King is troubled and he cannot sleep and he asks for the record books to be read aloud to him. Mordecai’s deeds of saving the king are read aloud; this arouses the Kings knowledge of what Mordecai has done for him.
The King asks Haman, what do you think I should do to honor a man? Proud Haman believes the King is speaking of him and advises a lavish display of wealth and honor should be bestowed upon this man. When the King orders Haman to do this for Mordecai, the man he detests…I can just see his face, how about you?
Esther confesses to the king that she is a Jew and she is aware Haman is plotting to kill all of the Jews. The King orders Haman to be hanged on his own gallows, and all of his children are to be killed too.
This story only confirms my opinion that God is aware of everything we do and that he never forgets our labors of love for him. We must have faith him and he will respond to us through our faith and through his word. If our prayers aren’t answered as we prayed, have faith, and see what happens, it will happen for the betterment of all concerned
(1)The King James Version of the Holy Bible, the Old Testament
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