Esther was an undercover agent. Esther wasn’t even her real name. She was really called Hadassah (the Hebrew name for the myrtle plant) originally by her Jewish parents. Who, by the way, we never get to hear much about. Nor does she disclose her Jewish identity while in the court of the Persian king Artaxerxes, until absolutely necessary….
Queen Esther, a Jew, informs the King of Haman’s evil plans to destroy her people. The King seals Haman’s fate.
The King gives all that belonged to Haman to Queen Esther, and she put her uncle Mordecai in charge of Haman’s house.
God tells us to not be afraid, that He will give us the words to speak in the hour of need.
Again, Queen Esther bravely pleads to the King that the orders Haman had written to destroy the Jews be reversed.
The King, bound by custom and law was unable to reverse the orders, but did issue new orders;
“the king granted the Jews who were in every city to gather themselves together, and to defend their life, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, their little ones and women, and to plunder their possessions”
– Esther 8:11
In every province where the king’s commandment was delivered, the Jews had gladness, joy, a feast, and a good day.
The King asked Queen Esther, “What is your request? It shall be given you even to the half of the kingdom.”
Evil Haman builds gallows 50 ft. high to hang Mordecai the Jew from.
The King tells Haman that he would be pleased if Mordecai was publicly honored for having previously saved the King’s life from would-be assassins.
Humiliated Haman does as the King ordered.
Zeresh, Haman’s wife, tells him,
“If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him, but you will surely fall before him.”
– Esther 6:13
God shows Himself faithful in a magnificent and marvelous way.
Haman is introduced as a descendant of the Amalekites, sworn enemies of the Israelites.
The Book of Esther, chapter 2.
Expositional teaching through the Bible at Calvary Chapel in Kaneohe Hawaii with pastor JD Farag.
The Book of Esther is the only book in the Bible where the name God or Lord is not mentioned at all.
The two underlying themes of Esther are God’s sovereignty and provision, where God works behind the scenes, orchestrating the circumstances according to His sovereignty.
Queen Vashti refused to respond to the King’s beckoning.
Husbands and wives…submit to each other.
Husbands…LOVE your wife.
The only way you can love each other deeply, in the way God intended, is by the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.