Esther, the Jew’s Shining Star
However you wish to say it, Hadassah (Hebrew), Ester (Persian for “star”), Hester (Latin), or the Greek Esther, one thing remains the same, Esther is the shining star for the Jewish people during the reign of King Ahasuerus in Persia. The book of Esther is found in the Old Testament. It explains how, through Esther, God protected the Jewish from Haman’s plot to murder all Jews, young, old, women and children.
The book begins during the reign of King Ahasuerus. During the third year of his reign, he throws a feast for his princes and servants. He then throws a feast for the common people that dwell in the Palace of Shushan. On the seventh day of the feast, the King called for his wife, Queen Vashti, to come forth and show her beauty to his guests. The Queen refused. This enraged King Ahasuerus. He called upon his council for advice. The noblemen felt she did wrong by disrespecting her husband. They told the King he should give her position to another. A decree was drawn up stating the King was looking for a new Queen. It was then sent out to all the provinces.
King Ahasuerus made it known that he wanted a fair, beautiful, young virgin for himself. Appointed officers from
The King obliged and told Haman to do as he wished. Esther then fell at the King"tms feet and asked him to override the edict that Haman issued to kill all the Jews. He ordered his council to issue another decree proclaiming that the Jews not be touched. A lavish banquet was given in her honor. Again, at the banquet, the King questioned Esther of her purpose and promised that her wish be granted. Through Esther, God saved the Jewish nation from genocide. The family then proceeded to construct the gallows that Mordecai would be hanged on. Esther had no mother or father and Mordecai took her as his own daughter. Mordecai refused and told the maidens to tell Esther to go before the King and ask him to stop the actions of Haman. Mordecai recorded the events and sent letters to every Jew proclaiming they celebrate and give gifts to one another. Haman went home, boasted to his friends and family about the feast, and told of his fury toward Mordecai for not bowing to him. By punishing Haman on the gallows, the King was pleased and his anger subsided.