Posted in Reflections, Religion

Reflection: Womanhood Week 1 – Esther

I was really concerned about who should be first… Eve, Esther, Ruth… 🤗 All of them would be great starting points.

But, I was reading Stephanie Nielsen’s blog, and she wrote such a great post about Eve being Adam’s help-meet that I will just post a link here: NieNieDialogue’s Help Meet. 

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OK, back to the topic at hand – Esther! There is a WONDERFUL (and not entirely cheesy 🙌🏻) movie on Netflix which portrays her.

Background:

Hadassah, aka Esther, is being raised by Mordecai, the Jew. (Esther is Mordecai’s uncle’s daughter.) King Ahasuerus was married to Queen Vashti, but she defied his commands so she was banished and a royal order was sent out that “all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both great and small” (Esther 1:20). Esther was brought to the palace in the search for a new queen and she obtained favor from both the king and those at the palace.

Dilemma:

While living in the palace, Mordecai discovered a plot on the king’s life and so Esther warned Ahasuerus. His life is saved. 

The (evil) Haman was one of the king’s counselors and is promoted. However, despite Mordecai being a loyal and honorable man, Haman despises him and uses his authority to lie and say that the Jews are traitors, in order to have Mordecai killed (Mordecai refuses to bow to Haman). Ahasuerus decrees that the Jews shall be put to death.

Under Mordecai’s counsel, Esther risks her own life to save her people. She invites Haman and the king to a banquet. On the second day, she reveals Haman’s deceit. Haman is hung from the gallows that he had built for Mordecai. The decree is reversed and the Jews are saved. Haman’s sons are put to death.

Both Mordecai and Esther receive recognition and are held in high esteem from Ahasuerus. Purim is established to remember the event.

Righteous qualities:

Mordecai raised Esther to always praise and honor God, even in difficult circumstances. She was also loyal to the king and honored his authority. She risked death in approaching him, not only by defying his command, but also in exposing her faith and lineage as a Jew. Esther was always humble and cared for those around her.

What I learned for my own life:

Esther had to make some very difficult decisions. She used her faith, trust in God, and wise counsel from Mordecai to make them. As queen, she could have become proud and selfish like queen Vashti. However, queen Esther used love for her people and her trust that God would take care of her as the motivation for her actions, thereby serving a higher purpose.

In my own life, I should do these same thing when facing challenges. I may not suffer physical persecution, but pressure to conform to worldly life and spiritual persecution is real. We must remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are eternal beings and that we will be held accountable for our actions in the eternities. 

Scripture

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

— Esther 4: 13-14

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