Esther’s Moment

A Bible story we read from the book of Esther, is more than a children’s story “They lived happily ever after” happy ending. Hard to understanding the culture of those days, we wonder why it had to be so. Reasoning the whys, we come to the understanding it was in the spiritual sphere, purposed by God Himself, for a reason or redemption of Israel as “For such a time as this.” Hadassah, Esther’s original name, was a young and beautiful maiden, who was chosen among many others to be Ahasuerus’ wife. This Persian king reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces (Esther 1:1). It all happened in a controversial and hard to understand way, when King Ahasuerus, being drunk, commanded his wife, Queen Vashti to be brought to him to show her off to the peoples there represented. But she refused to do so. For that, the king was enraged, embarrassed, and humiliated at that reaction, which lead him to divorce her. After a while, the king’s servants recommended to be sought beautiful virgins for him. That’s the background in which Hadassah- Esther came in this story of redemption of her people, Israel.

A Book of Remembrance

Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who feared the lord and who thought on His name (Mal. 3: 16)

I remember when young while living in the orphanage in Brazil, I was given a book of remembrance where friends and acquaintances wrote beautiful thoughts of encouragement and what they thought of me. It registered sentiments that would later bring me memories of those days, although not all positive, but sifting them through in my mind, there were a few wonderful memories which I treasured. They bring me joy as I relive those days. It is to me a privilege to know that the Lord is aware and taking notice of the things we say that is pleasing to Him to the point of having them written in a special remembrance book.

Opportunity and Circumstance

(Esther 1-10)

Who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion? That was an awakening question that changed the course of the future of the Jewish nation.  Circumstance in the appointed time offers opportunity we must pay attention to. Sometimes odd and unreal, nonetheless, circumstances are before us. Life is full of that. Opportunities are doors of possibilities with a chance to succeed in whatever we wanted to do other times, but we couldn’t. The story of Queen Esther is one that sounds more like make believe than reality. She was one of the captive Jews in the capital of Shushan who Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, carried into exile. Babylon was then under the control of Persia which Cyrus the Great of Persia conquered it in 539 BC. Hadassah her Jewish name was brought up by a cousin called Mordecai, who after the death of her parents took her as his own daughter (Esther 2).