Esther is important in Christianity. In the capital of Persia, King Artaxerxes gave a great feast in the third year of his reign, where the heads of hosts, rulers, and servants came. He showed them the brilliant wealth of his kingdom and the marvelous glory of his greatness in many days, for one hundred and eighty days. When these days were over, the emperor gave to all the people in the capital of Susa, from the greatest to the least, a feast that lasted seven days in the courtyard of the garden of the emperor’s house.
Queen Esther is important because she led the Jews of Persia on a three-day fast and prayed that they would be saved from the massacre Haman had prepared. Her book is not mentioned in the New Testament but in The Old.
This is a lesson about an orphan girl who became the Queen through faith in God.
What made Esther so special?
Hadassah was Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The girl was beautiful in stature and pleasing to the eye. After the death of his father and mother, Mordecai took her to his heart.
Esther was so special because she trusted God and was a humble woman. She was taken with them and brought to the emperor’s house under the watchful eye of Hegai, the keeper of the women.
The emperor loved Esther more than all the other women, and she gained passage and love before him more than all the other girls. He put the imperial crown on her head and made her empress instead of Vashti.
What does the story of Esther teach us?
Esther’s story shows us a portrait of feminine beauty in body and soul: pleasing to the face and modest in the soul, wise. In the book of Esther, Mordecai is described as a brave man who tells Esther that she was born for a time like that.
a. Dismissal of Empress Vashti, 1:1-22
b. The discovery of the girl, 2:1-20
c. Mordecai’s devotion, 2:21-23
d. Haman’s decree, 3:1-15
II. TIME OF CRISIS, 4-5
a. Mordecai appeals to Esther, 4:1-14
b. Her response, 4:15-17
c. The Emperor’s kindness, 5:1-8
d. Haman’s criminal arrogance, 59-14
III. PROVIDENTIAL JUDGMENT 6-10
a. Haman humiliated, 6:1-7:10
b. Haman is hanged, 7:1-10
c. Decree of Ahasveros and Mordecai, 8:1-17
d. Revenge on enemies, 9:1-19
e. Establishment of the Feast of Purim, 9:20-32
f. The fame and honor of Mordecai, 1
The story of Esther’s book teaches us that we can achieve anything we desire through prayer and trust in God. But without God, we can do nothing. The biblical book of Esther shows how the events recounted¹ here are harmoniously linked, setting up a fantastic ending. Although God’s name is not expressly mentioned in its pages, God is not absent.
What does Esther represent in the Bible?
God uses faithful people to carry out His plan. Sure, God would have had solutions prepared in this case as well, but it is so wonderful to see how she shows that she fully understood the words spoken by Mordecai: “And who knows but for such a time as this you have come to the kingdom.”
Esther in the Bible represents the deliverance of the people of Israel from such a time as this. This is how the Bible describes her: as the bravest woman and emperor.
God turns evil into good for the salvation of his people.
Where in the Bible is Esther mentioned?
Mordecai told him all that had happened to him and told him the amount of silver Haman had promised to give to the king’s treasury in exchange for the slaughter of the Jews. He also gave him the contents of the commandment proclaimed in Shushan to destroy them, that he might show it to the woman and tell her everything. And he commanded her to go to the king to pray to him and to plead with him for his people. Esther sent to tell Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are in Shushan, and fast for me, neither eating nor drinking, three days, night nor day. And I will fast with my handmaids; then I will go into the king, contrary to the law; and if I perish, I will perish.” Mordecai went and did all that Esther had commanded him.
Esther is mentioned in Bible in the Old Testament, in The Book of Esther. Where it is presented the story of an orphan girl who became queen and saved the nation of God. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther reveal God’s work with the Jews returned from Babylonian bondage.
The difference between the book of Esther and the other two is that while Ezra and Nehemiah describe the fate of those who returned to the land of Israel, Esther describes an event in the lives of the millions of Jews scattered throughout the grounds of the empire.
- The Creator of the Universe created Esther for such times as those.
- Even if she was beautiful, she used her faith in front of the King, not her looks.
- God prepares the solution to His children’s problem long before it occurs. Before Haman hated the Jews and plotted their death, God also began working on the project of their salvation.
“On the third day, Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the lobby, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold wand in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter². Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.“
Biography of Esther
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Along with the book of Ruth, Esther is the only book in the Bible with a woman’s name as its title. This heroine of her nation was first called Hadassah, but her Hebrew name was changed for the benefit of the imperial court to Esther, which translates as the star of the rising.