The source of the voice was a female with short brown hair. She was wearing a flow-y white ankle length dress the accented her curves.
Did you know that Esther is mentioned more times in the Bible than any other woman? Did you know that the book bearing her name in the Old Testament does not mention God even once? What lessons can we learn today from studying the book about this very remarkable woman?
Background to the book of Esther The story of Esther takes place in the Persian Empire during the reign of Ahasuerus, known more familiarly to us by the Greek form of his name, Xerxes I.
He was the son of Darius the Great and reigned from B. He ruled over a vast empire that extended from India to Ethiopia Esther 1: Esther was a descendant of the tribe of Benjamin, which had been part of the kingdom of Judah.
Her ancestors were among the Jews who had been carried captive to Babylon nearly years earlier. The author of the book of Esther is unknown, though some attribute the work to Mordecai.
The popularity of the story of Esther is great. There are many reasons for this popularity. The book of Esther tells a compelling story, dramatic and exciting, with clearly defined heroes and villains.
Summary of the story Chapter 1 sets the scene in the Persian court.
The king was offended when his wife Vashti refused to appear before him when he ordered her to do so. There was a great feast taking place at the time, and they were all merry with wine Esther 1: They then advised him to seek out a new queen by searching for the most beautiful virgins in the land.
Then the king would select one to become his queen. Chapter 2 introduces one of the women taken for this competition, a beautiful Jewish girl named Hadassah.
Esther received favor from everyone who saw her, especially the king verses The king selected Esther to be his new queen, but Mordecai counseled her to not reveal the fact that she was a Jew, because Jews were still held in some suspicion throughout the Persian Empire.
Shortly after she became queen, a seemingly unrelated incident is recorded in Esther 2: Two men plotted to kill the king, but Mordecai became aware of the plot and had Esther reveal it to the king. This incident turns out to have a great deal to do with the rest of the story.
Chapter 3 introduces us to Haman, the villain in the story, who became second in command in the empire. He was an arrogant man, and he demanded that everyone bow down to him. Everyone did, except Mordecai verse 2.
This so incensed Haman that he succeeded in getting the king to issue an edict that all the Jews in the land should be destroyed verses In chapter 4 Mordecai implored Esther to intervene on behalf of her people or they would all be killed.
Esther reminded Mordecai that anyone who came before the king without being called, even the queen, would be subject to death.
The only exception to this would be if the king extended mercy by holding out the golden scepter verses Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther then agreed to risk her life for her people. She asked Mordecai to have her people fast for her success, and she put her life on the line by going to the king for help verses Chapter 5 tells us that the king not only held out the golden scepter to save her life, he also said that he would grant anything she asked of him, even to half the kingdom verses Jul 09, · The story of a crossing guard in Mountain View, California who saves many lives, despite her own challenges.
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