Esthetic Esther Emerges
It seems to me that someone willing to die for what they believe in, a martyr, would be an extrovert. A fighter. An individual who would stand up and shout their cause from the rooftops.
Wouldn’t it seem that way?
If I believe something so strongly that I’m willing to die for it, I would be willing to publicly kill for it to protect it, right?
And you would have to have a bit of that in you, the extrovert, the fighter, to enter a beauty competition similar to reality TV shows like The Bachelor, wouldn’t you?
Unless you were simply submissive.
Esther, Hadassah, had been orphaned as a child. Her Uncle Mordecai had raised her as his own daughter. After being exiled from Judah to Babylon, they were now Jews living in King Xerxes kingdom.
When the king went on a search, Mordecai gave Esther specific instructions to follow: Do not reveal the fact that we are Jewish. And without questioning him, Esther followed his instruction.
Esther was chosen as one of the candidates for King Xerxes future queen by Hegai. Hegai provided her with the best of everything to give her a better chance with the King Xerxes. He also told her before she went to the King for the first time to ask for nothing except what the King suggested. Esther took his advice without questioning.
Ok, so let’s review in our terms:
Young virgin girl is taken from the only home and family she knows to spend twelve months getting made “beautiful” for a one-night stand that will either result in her becoming the queen or becoming another member of the King’s harem. And all she is doing is following the men in positions of authority (uncle and eunuch) directions and advice.
This girl has pushover written all over her, yes?
Then, miracle of all miracles, King Xerxes chooses to make her the new Queen.
Queen Esther continues to keep her family nationality a secret just as Mordecai instructed her.
Not long after Mordecai overhears two of the King’s eunuchs plotting to kill him and tells Queen Esther. Esther reports to the King and makes sure he knows Mordecai gave her the information. Once it is proven true, the eunuchs are killed.
Haman, the most powerful official in King Xerxes empire, became angry with Mordecai because he wouldn’t bow down to show respect when Haman passed by. Once the palace officials told Haman of Mordecai’s nationality, Mordecai decided it wouldn’t be enough for him to punish just Mordecai–he needed to destroy all the Jews in the empire.
Mordecai then presented King Xerxes with the information that a group of people withing the empire had their own set of laws and refused to follow the King’s laws. He advised the King to destroy them, and King Xerxes gave his approval. (To read the entire account read Ester 3:7-15)
Mordecai went into mourning after the decree was issued and couldn’t enter the palace gates because of it. As reports made it to Esther of his condition, she sent one of her Eunuchs to go check on him. Mordecai sent a message back saying she needed to go to the King and beg for her people.
Esther sent a message back that if anyone approached the King without being summonsed they would be put to death, and informed him she hadn’t been summoned in over 30 days.
Mordecai sent back one of the most well-known verses in Esther: