Esther 2:5, 7 ” Now there was at the citadel in Susa a Jew whose name was Mordecai… He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had no father or mother. Now the young lady was beautiful of form and face, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.”

Esther 2:17- “ The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor and kindness with him more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. “
Esther 9:30-31- “He sent letters to all the Jews, to the provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, namely, words of peace and truth, to establish these days of Purim at their appointed times, just as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had established for them, and just as they had established for themselves and for their descendants with instructions for heir times of fasting and their lamentations. “

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We also recently watched the movie “One Night with the King”, which is about the story of Esther. What an amazing story. Esther wasn’t in this city because she chose to be. She was a Jew, living among Persians because her family was there.

She was beautiful, and her beauty and character won over the king, Xerxes. He brought her into her harem.  She was a good Jew who had kept herself pure.  The king would have one night with her, and seeing if he liked her.  If he didn’t choose her, she would remain in his harem.  Her life would have been drastically different.  Fortunately, God caused Xerxes to find favor with Esther, and he made her his queen.

It is through Haman’s vengeful behavior, that Esther has an opportunity to stand up for herself and make the Jews known.  She had never revealed her identity to the king, and at the thought of death, she decides to confront him.  She prayed and fasted, and her people did as well.  I believe, God revealed to her the way to approach Xerxes, so that he would be able to listen to her.

She goes to him, unannounced.  Someone who approached the king without invitation was subject to death.  She was amazingly brave in her willingness to go before the king, in order to save her people.  She arranged for a series of 3 banquets, where she wined and dined Xerxes and Haman.  Just enough time for Xerxes to remember Mordecai and the deeds he had done.  And just enough time to show what an evil man Haman was.  God’s timing was perfect.  I think that God had Esther there for such this time.  So she could demonstrate the saving power of her God and how his timing is perfect.   He is a great God and is able to save us from even the most unlikely consequences.

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