Archive for February 21st, 2014

Esther 2

Esther 2 has King Ahasuerus back from war with Greece and now focusing on his replacement of Vashti as queen.  His assistants told him to “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king….gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in Susa the capital, under custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women”.  They are searching the kingdom far and wide to find the most beautiful of the young women to bring to Susa for a year of preparation to come to the king.

Esther was one of those who was chosen and came to Susa where she was cared for by Hegai and she “pleased him and won his favor”.  He provided her the best of food and cosmetics and helped prepare her for her time in front of the king.  Esther had been raised by Mordecai.  She was the daughter of his uncle and had no mother or father.  Mordecai cared for her and “every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening to her”.

Finally the time came and Esther was to go before the king.  “She asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised”.  Her wisdom was to listen carefully to the man who knew best how to please the king.  She did that and listened to his counsel and “Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her”.  She enters the kings palace and “the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen”.  Talk about love at first sight.  The king had a steady parade of women in his place for months and when Esther enters, he immediate selects her to be queen.

As the chapter ends, Mordecai is sitting in the city and hears a couple of the kings men talking about killing the king.  “This came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in the name of Mordecai”.  The plot is investigated and found out to be true, and these two goons were hanged in the gallows.  Mordecai saves the king and preserves the queenship of Esther.  It could have been a very short run as queen had these guys killed the king so quickly after Esther was crowned.

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