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 provinces were instructed to bring the women to the palace. Hegai, the keeper of the women, would begin a purification process that would last twelve months. Mordecai brought one of the young maidens. Her name was Esther. Esther had no mother or father and Mordecai took her as his own daughter. Mordecai instructed Esther not to reveal her nationality and family to anyone. Esther obeyed. After six months of oil and myrrh and six months of sweet odours and other purification rituals, the maidens were ready to go before the King. Everyone was impressed with Esther, especially the King. He chose her to be the new Queen. A lavish banquet was given in her honor. Esther still remained faithful to Morde...