God Steps In
Esther: Delivering A Nation (Series)
Esther should be read as a living true parable.
Esther 2:1-4 Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. 2 Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. 3 Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them. 4 Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.”
This advice appealed to the king, and he followed it. An example of the unending, restless search of humanity for something to satisfy the deep need of the heart.
Esther 2:5-7 Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, 6 who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin king of Judah. 7 Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.
We are introduced to Mordecai and Esther.
Esther 2:8-18 (15) 15 When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. God works through Mordecai, to bring a brave young woman into the kings court and heart, for God’s plans for the Jewish people. _
2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! There is a lifting of the burden and guilt of sin.
Esther 2:19-23) The life of the king is at stake. This is the first hint of an evil force which is at work to destroy and to capture the thoughts, emotions, and will of humanity, and to oppose the glory of God’s purpose in humanity.
Colossians 2:8– 10 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. Conversion is just the beginning of the story.