For such a critical time as this, God chose a young orphan who became Queen to save His chosen people! The riveting true story of Queen Esther includes lots of drama, rejection, danger, surprise, courage, romance and deliverance. Esther was called according to His purpose, to deliver the Israelites from certain death. Xerxes, king of Persia threw a lavish feast to plan his campaign against Greece. When he called for his wife Vashti to join him, her refusal resulted in her banishment as Queen.
In the seventh year of the reign of Xerxes, after he was defeated by the Greeks, the king sought comfort from a Jewish slave girl renamed Esther. Esther’s uncle Mordecai raised her as his own and undoubtedly spoke to her about her ancestry. As she was being taken to the palace, for her safety, Mordecai warned her to hide her Jewish identify. The king married Esther and she became his Queen.
According to the Roman historian Herodotus, the Persian Empire marched against Greece with five million men and lost the battle of Thermopylae and Salamis (480 B.C.) Esther was hidden away by God, for His purpose. Just like God hid Joseph in prison and David in the caves of En Gedi, He hid Esther until such a time as she was needed to deliver His people Israel.
Two years after king Xerxes major defeat, is when he married Esther. Esther became the stepmother of Artaxerxes, the king who allowed and supplied Nehemiah with materials to rebuild Jerusalem.
In chapter 3-5 we see the evil plot of Haman, the Judas of Israel. Haman gets exalted to the highest position under the king and he swelled with pride. Mordecai, Esther’s Jewish uncle would not bow to Haman. This enraged Haman and he plotted a massacre of all the Jews. Mordecai gave Queen Esther a copy of the king’s decree to carry out the mass murder and said; “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Es 4:14)
Esther was not spoiled by her grand elevation. She did not forget her kind uncle Mordecai who had raised her when her parents died. Esther appealed to the king through two separate lavish banquets before she asked that ‘her’ people be saved. The king granted her wish and Haman was hung on the very scaffold that was built to hang Mordecai.
Satan works through people to destroy God’s people, the Jews, the Church, and even Jesus Christ. But God promises “the gates of hell shall not prevail.” against His church. (Matthew 16:18).
The feast of Purim was established in the time of Esther to lift up Mordecai, who was then appointed as the second man, just under the king of Persia. The Feast of Purim is celebrated annually to this day to memorialize the deliverance of the Jewish people from death.
Esther was beautiful, modest, winsome, obedient, humble, courageous and loyal. A great character who did the right thing, at the right time, as she trusted God completely. “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Es 4:16) Esther was willing to sacrifice her life for God’s people. LESSON: God will deliver His children.
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All rights reserved. DONE 4/17/19