For today’s study discussion, please enjoy thoughts from my first guest blogger, my daughter Cecily Lusk.
Esther’s story can be found in the book of Esther.
Esther was an orphan raised by her cousin, Mordecai, who became queen of Persia and saved an entire people, the Jews. The story of Esther is one of wisdom, courage, and triumph. After King Ahasuerus banished his former queen, Esther was one of the eligible virgins called for the king to choose from for his next queen. Esther 2:2-4 “Then the king’s young men who attended him said, ‘Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king. 3And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in Susa the citadel, under custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women. Let their cosmetics be given them. 4And let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.’ This pleased the king, and he did so.”
It is said that Esther “had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at” in Esther 2:7. Even though she had looks, she didn’t take them for granted. Chapter 2, verse 15 says “When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her.” Esther was wise and knew when to take advice from others.
Esther was also courageous. When Esther initially learns from Mordecai about the plan to annihilate the Jews, she pretty much tells Mordecai that she can’t do anything about it. She knew that if she went before the king without being asked, she could be killed. She was afraid, and rightfully so. “Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’” Esther 4:13-14. Esther finally agrees to face the king, but first, she asks Mordecai and all the other Jews in the citadel to fast for three days. Esther wasn’t fearless, in fact she faced the king three times before she actually told him what she needed to. The important thing, though, is that she overcame her fear in order to save her people.
Mordecai told Esther the Jews would be saved no matter what, but she had been given this opportunity. Even facing death, Esther had the courage to use the position she had been put in to save God’s people. For that, Esther is deserving of the title of woman of faith.
Thanks to Cecily for sharing her thoughts on Esther.
Until next time,