Sunday, October 24, 2021

Esther, Week 3



Last week, we did finally meet Esther! But before we did, we were reminder that King Ahasuerus is easily manipulated by his attendants. Last week, they convinced him to throw Vashti out and make a law that husbands are in charge of their wives. At the start of chapter 2, the King 'remembers' what he did to Vashti. The connotation here is that he might be regretting his decision. Quickly, his attendants devise a plan to get a new queen. They are likely trying to move the King on to a new things and protect themselves. They surely would have died if Vashti had been able to return.  

Then we meet Esther and Mordecai. We find out that Esther is an orphan who has been taking in by Mordecai. The Bible says Esther was the daughter of Mordecai's uncle. He loves her as if she were his daughter. And we learn that Esther is beautiful. She is taken the palace to participate in the queen competition. Maybe think Bachelor? Hegai is in charge of all the women and Esther finds favor with him. Esther conceals the fact that she's Jewish at Mordecai's instruction.  

After a year, it's Esther's turn to see the King. She is permitted to take things with her but Hegai advises her what to take and she does as he says. We also learn that once Esther goes before the King that she can not go back unless he asks for her by name. 

Here's what we've learned about these people:

King Ahasuerus - easily manipulated and distracted; enjoys beautiful women

Mordecai - loving, loyal and smart

Esther - beautiful, personable, follows directions

Next week, we'll see how God uses these traits to His glory! Join me on Instagram & Facebook stories, Instagram Reels and YouTube each morning!

Have a great week!