I received a special request to do the story of Esther as my first post of the new Tuesday series. I probably would have done her story anyway, as it is one of my favorites ☺
Her story began during the reign of Ahasuerus, who was the king of the Medes and Persians. Ahasuerus hosted a huge celebration with all the people in Shushan, his palace. In those days, men and women didn’t mix at parties, so his wife Vashti had her own celebration separately. Towards the end of the feast, Ahasuerus (who was drunk by that time) called for Vashti to come before him so he could show her off to the other men, because she was very beautiful. But Vashti refused to go, and this made the king angry. He called together his “wise men” and asked them what should be done, for Vashti had disobeyed the king and must be punished. One of them suggested that the king should banish her, and she could never again come in his presence. Ahasuerus liked this idea, and it was carried out.
After the festivities subsided, the king realized that he now was without a wife. So Ahasuerus summoned his wise men again, and this time their proposition was to have all the beautiful young women in the empire come to Shushan so that the king could have his pick.
In the palace, there was a certain worker named Mordecai, and he was a Jew. Mordecai also had a niece named Hadassah, or Esther, whom he had raised as his own. She was beautiful and Mordecai knew she would be chosen to go to Shushan, but he told her to keep her Jewish heritage a secret while she was there. Esther was indeed chosen; each woman stayed there for a year before going to see the king, all the while using special perfumes and oils.When it was Esther’s turn to go before the king, he was so taken by her beauty that he ordered the others to be taken away, for he has found his bride!
There was another man who worked in the palace who was rising in the ranks, and his name was Haman. Haman eventually made it to second in command, and he used this to his advantage. He wanted everyone to bow to him just as they bowed to the king, but one person refused. Mordecai would not bow down to Haman, and this made Haman so angry, the anger just consumed him. At first, he wanted to kill only Mordecai. But then, an idea struck him. He could obliterate Mordecai’s whole race, the Jews, and he knew how to do it.
Next week, I will write the conclusion of this story and discuss the lessons we can learn from it. I hope you are enjoying this series so far! Please leave any feedback in the comments.
I would also like to tell you about one of my friends who is starting a blog. You can check it out here. I know she would appreciate it if you visited her blog!
Thanks for reading! God bless y’all, BBG