Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Esther

I love reading Esther.  It's one of those things where you can see how much one person can truly make a difference for everyone, and many of them probably never realized what she did for them.

Esther became queen of Persia because of her beauty and humbleness.  She found favor with the king so he took her for his queen.  At the time he was not aware that she was a Jew.  Esther had a cousin named Mordecai who had helped stopped an assassination attempt on King Xerxes.  But there was the right hand man of the king names Haman who did not like Mordecai, but getting rid of him was not enough so he decided that he would talk the king into getting rid of all the Jews (sound familiar, ummmm Hitler, much?  Just goes to show you there is nothing new under the sun).  So Haman picked a time of the year which was a few months away and sent letters to all the governors in Persia so that on the same day they would all slay the Jews.  When Mordecai discovered what Haman was planning he sent a message to Esther, asking her to speak to the king and save their people.  This is not something that is done.  You don't just go talk to the king, the king has to call on you to appear before him.  She would be risking her life just to be seen before him.  And Esther replied like this

"Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me.  Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my maids will fast as you do.  When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.  And if I perish, I perish." Esther 4:16

She fasted and asked others to fast with her in order to have favor with God before she went to the king.  When she did appear before him the king was pleased to see her.  She invited him to a banquet that she a had prepared for him, and asked him to not follow through with the slaughter of her people.  King Xerxes asked who wanted to slay her people and when she told him that it was Haman he was promptly hanged.

Queen Esther had courage and saved thousands from death because she was willing to risk herself.

Another awesome tidbit that I learned while reading through Esther, the word God is never mentioned within any of the chapters.  It's kind of interesting but you can see as you read that God just pours out of the pages.