The book of Esther

The book of Esther

Esther - An Interesting Book
The Book of Esther is an unique of its style, contrasting characters and events: 
The word God is not mentioned.

Six Banquets are mentioned: 
✅ King Xerxes gave three Banquets (1:3,5; 2:18) 
✅ Queen Vashti gave one Banquet (1:9)
✅ Queen Esther gave two banquets (5: 5b; 6: 14)

Three Female Characters: 
✅ Vashti - Stubborn (she was deposed)  
✅ Esther - Sincere (she was crowned)
✅ Zeresh - Stupidity (she lost her husband and sons)

Two Male Characters: 
✅ Mordecai - Man of integrity (he was honoured)
✅ Haman - Self-centered (he was hanged)

13 people were hanged: 
✅ Bigthana and Teresh (2:21-23)
✅ Haman(7:9-10) 
✅ Haman's Ten sons (9:14)

The book of Esther tells of God's Sovereignty and God's Deliverance

The Genesis of Beauty Contest?

BACK GROUND : King Xerxes gave his second banquet, where he had already displayed the glory and riches of his kingdom, and now he wanted to display her (Queen Vashti) beauty to the people(1:11). But Vashti refused to come, and as a result she was deposed. 

The deposal of Vashti left a void in the palace, and so a search began for a New Queen. Their approach is to gather young women from all over his empire, prepare them for meeting the king, and then have the king decide which of them pleases him the most as a replacement for Vashti (2: 2-4)

BEGINNING OF THE CONTEST : Many girls were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. 
✅ All the participants had to complete 12 months of Beauty Treatments (Six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and cosmetics) ✒ 2:12 
✅The participants would have to go to the king's palace in the evening and in the morning they have to return to the harem ✒ 2:13-14a
✅ She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name ✒ 2:14b 
✅ Hadassah, who was also called as Esther, was also taken to the king's palace.

What was the special Chemistry of Esther

》 An orphan, raised in a loving and caring environment, where she was presumably instructed in the Jewish faith by Mordecai, her uncle.  
》 She grew into a beautiful young woman with a lovely figure.
》 She caught the eye of the king's officials and was taken into the king's harem along with other young women. (Neither Mordecai nor Esther had any idea about this event in Esther's life. But God had a different plan)  
》 Esther was really good and beautiful in and out. The text says that Esther pleased Hegai and won his favour (2:9): 
> He immediately provided her with beauty treatments.
> He provided her with special food.  
> He assigned 7 maids selected from the king's palace to her.
> He provided her the best place in the harem.

All the girls must have performed well but when the turn came for Esther, she won the favour of everyone who saw her (2:15)??

✅ THE FINAL RESULT : Esther was taken to the royal residence of king Xerxes 
The text says, "King Xerxes was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women.." 
"Esther won king's FAVOUR and APPROVAL more than any of the other virgins" (2:17)

》 Finally King Xerxes set the ROYAL CROWN on Esther's head and made her queen ? 
?The crown upon her head was more than just a royal stains, it was a divine appointment.  
Esther had been crowned not for herself but for her people and her nation to provide and to protect the Jewish people.  
Thus, Esther became the first ever winner of any Beauty Contest ☺ (@ Bible Quiz lovers) .

✅ King Lemuel, writes , "Charm is deceptive, and Beauty is fleeting ; 
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" ✒ Proverbs 31:30
✅ Peter writes, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewellery and the fine clothes
Instead, it should be that of your INNER SELF, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of GREAT WORTH in GOD'S SIGHT " (1Peter 3:3-4)

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,  
All His wondrous compassion and purity;  
Oh, Thou Spirit Divine, all my nature refine 
Till the beauty of Jesus is seen in me.


 Mark Boje, ArP

The Incredible Reversals

In the book if Esther we see many contrasts happening in dramatic ways.

》 The very same gallows that Haman built to hang Mordecai now became his own death trap. He was hanged on the same gallows!

》 The very same popularity, fame and honor which Haman wanted for himself were now conferred on Mordecai.
When the king asked Haman what he should do to a man whom the king wanted io honor Haman thinking that the king was going to honor him said," For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, and a royal crest placed on his head...and lead him on the horse through the city streets". What a shock Haman must have had when the king ordered him to do all these things to Mordecai, the man whom he hated

》 The very same king who had given
thumbs up to kill the Jews ended up in giving
thumbs down to Haman condemning him to to be hung on the gallows!!

》 The very same day when Haman was hanged all his, wealth was given to Esther.
All that Haman acquired by hook or crook was now forfeited.
That must have been a great wealth for Haman himself had boasted of the glory of his riches in Esther 5:11.

The riches of a Jew hater came to the Jew!
》 The very same Mordecai whom Haman wanted to murder now became the top official of the king. What would have happened if Mordecai had bowed down to Haman in chapter 4? Undoubtedly he would sill be in power. But Mordecai 's courage and commitment not to bow before Haman set a series of "coincidences" in chapters 5-7which resulted in the death of Haman and ultimately the exaltation of Mordecai to Number 2 position in Persia

》 On the very same day the enemies of Jews hoped to overpower them the Jews got upper hand over those who hated them.

The 13th day of Adar had been originally set aside for evil but God turned it for good.

The victims became the Victor's!!!

》 The same couriers who dispatched the order to kill all the Jews now took order to the Jews to kill any one who might attack them in order to protect themselves.

Dear friends, nothing is impossible with God! He does great things for His children eve today which are beyond our understanding

 Cynthia Sathiaraj, Chennai

[Esther 1 | Esther 2 to 8 | Esther 9 and 10]

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