Esther 2

Esther 2 has King Ahasuerus back in his kingdom after unsuccessfully trying to invade Greece.  He has moved now from thinking about war to women, and realizes that Vashti is no longer queen.  His men decide to “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king”.  The plan was to assemble a harem from the most beautiful women of the land; to bring them into a harem for the king, and to choose the most favored woman to be his queen from that group.   “Let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti”.

Mordecai was cousin to Esther, a young woman who he had helped raise as his own daughter because she was an orphan.   She was a special woman.  “The young woman had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at “.  So she was selected as one of the nearly 400 (estimated) women brought to Hegai who had charge of them.  Esther “pleased him and won his favor.”   She wasn’t just beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside.  Because of this favor, Hegai gave Esther special beauty preparations, beyond her allowance. He also gave her seven choice maidservants to look after her beauty needs.

There was one little secret that Esther did not reveal.  “Esther had not made known her people or kindred, for Mordecai had commanded her not to make it known”.  There was some fear that there are situations where God may have us be reticent about our Christian identity – not for the purposes of permanently concealing it, but waiting for the opportune moment to reveal it.  “And every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening to her”.   He had love and concern for her in such a potentially dangerous place.

Esther finally got her chance to go in to see the king.  “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 “.  She now has a place of in God’s plan.  God had a plan, and Esther is part of it. There were a couple of thugs who got angry with the king and wanted to kill him.  “This came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king “.  Right place at the right time put Mordecai in a position to know the information that would save the king.  God has a plan, and we see Him executing it very carefully.

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