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For such a time as this. 2/27/11. Summary of Esther. King Ahasuerus is king of the Persian Empire Queen Vashti gets the boot for disobedience The hunt for a new queen begins Esther is a young virgin who is eligible

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summary of esther
Summary of Esther
  • King Ahasuerus is king of the Persian Empire
  • Queen Vashti gets the boot for disobedience
  • The hunt for a new queen begins
  • Esther is a young virgin who is eligible
  • Through 12 months of preparation, she is presented before the King and chosen
  • A parallel plot to destroy the Jews was in motion
the story behind the story
The story behind the story
  • Esther was her Persian name. Her Hebrew name was Hadassah
  • Hadassah was named after the myrtle evergreen. When faced with a “winter” season, her color did not wither or fade
  • She had a whole lot of excuses if she wanted to use them – she is a Jew, from the tribe of Benjamin, she is an orphan, etc
chapter 4
Chapter 4
  • Mordecai as a leader, of the Jews in Shushan, recognizes that Queen Esther is their only hope
  • She knows Persian law, and knows that her entering the king’s presence could result in her execution
  • Mordecai notes that this may be a defining moment in her life
esther s response
Esther’s response
  • She realized that it was God’s favor that allowed her to be queen, not her beauty
  • She recognized the power of prayer and fasting
  • She was willing to lay down her life for the lives of the Jews, to either protect them, or die with them
how it all works out
How it all works out
  • With courage, she stood in the inner court of the palace hoping to be invited in
  • The golden scepter was extended
  • She touched the tip of the scepter, she accepted the invitation
  • An expression of his love for her follows – offers her up to half his kingdom – symbolic of sharing authority with her
the rest of the story
The rest of the story
  • Esther holds a banquet for the king, herself, and the enemy of the Jews
  • God spares Mordecai
  • Haman parades Mordecai through the streets
  • Esther shines a light on her heritage and calls out Haman
  • The king leaves in fury, Haman assaults Esther, and Haman is hanged
  • Mordecai is given the king’s signet ring