INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
IN PART THREE OF THIS FOUR PART SERIES ON QUEEN ESTHER, WE WILL LOOK AT ESTHER 7-10, DIG INTO THE LIVES OF THE CHARACTERS, AND HAVE REAL TALK ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IS THE BOOK OF ESTHER.
ESTHER IN THE BIBLE
Esther 10 is a short, three verse chapter, explaining that Mordecai made a lot more accomplishments for Xerxes, but they aren't mentioned in the King's official records.
LET'S TALK ESTHER CHAPTERS 7-10
Xerxes and Haman go to dinner with Esther the next night and Esther finally tells the king what’s actually up. She explains that someone is trying to kill her and her entire family. Xerxes is furious that someone would target his wife, and he asks the obvious: who? Esther musters up her courage and tells Xerxes it’s Haman.
I imagine that Xerxes and Haman were both completely shocked by Esther's name drop. Xerxes is beyond mad and takes a walk to the garden. Haman realizes what’s going on and pleads on his face to Esther that she would talk to the king and spare his life. Xerxes comes back to find Haman all over the couch his wife is reclining on, and is completely enraged now, thinking Haman is trying to take advantage of Esther. Haman is taken away and impaled on the ridiculously oversized gallows he built to execute Mordecai on. [Alexa, play the song Isn’t it Ironic by Alanis Morissette] It’s hard to know for sure from such little detail, but it at the end of the book, it seems like Xerxes and Esther are becoming closer. Xerxes seems to really want to make Esther happy, and show her his love. He shares news with her, grants her requests, and gives her what she desires.
Mordecai didn't have it easy either in the book of Esther. Mordecai was a hard-working single guardian. He raised his cousin and she gets whisked away in a flash to potentially become the queen, in a country, time, and place where there was a huge amount of social and racial tension directed at their group of people, as we can see from Haman. He saves the king's life, without a thanks, and then gets a new, very racist boss who actually does have it out for him. Then he gets news that his boss is trying to kill him and all of the Jews, and he is beside himself, as one would be. He is grieving, hurting, and broken. But we can see in Esther chapter 4 that Mordecai trusts God. He believes God's promises. He knows he may die, but still God would be faithful to the Jews and still good.
God gives Mordecai a wild redemption story. Mordecai gets a parade, the King's clothes, and a horse, led by the man trying to kill him [talk about symbolism]. Mordecai shares his faith in God with his cousin and she saves him and all the Jews in Persia. He gets all of Haman's estates and properties. Mordecai gets a promotion, he gains the King's respect and trust, his people have victory over their enemies, and Mordecai is filled with joy. He celebrates with his people, and he creates a new holiday to commemorate what God has done.
God didn't abandon His people. God kept His promises. God was faithful. God was kind.
God was faithful and kept his promises by saving the Jews from extinction [Genesis 12, Genesis 17, Leviticus 26]. God never promises that we won't have trials or pain or face fear. He never promises our hearts won't get broken. He never promises we will live happy, hurtless lives. It wasn't a display of God's faithfulness that He gave Mordecai honor and a promotion and victory; that was a display of God's kindness. God, in his lovingkindness provided those things for Mordecai. This is important because when we forget that God does things out of kindness, we forget that God is a kind, loving, caring God.
God used the most painful things that happened to Mordecai and He redeemed them.
Although God isn't mentioned by name, it's so abundantly clear that He is present and working through the whole story of Esther. God used people to do His work. God redeemed people because of His love. God blessed people out of his kindness. God was never gone for a second.
WHAT can you learn from queen esther? What stands out to you the most about Esther's story? What does the book of Esther teach you about God? In what ways do you relate to the story of esther?