The wayyyyyy too brief overview of Esther
Many disbelievers (and some believers) find fault with the Bible because they perceive it to be written by a bunch of biased, sexist old men trying to control women.
While it is true that women have a much smaller voice and hardly any books of their own in the Bible, the role women have played in shaping history with God is monumental!
If you take the time to read about the lady heroes throughout both testaments, like Ruth, Mary, or the prophet Deborah, anyone can see just how blessed and favored women were by God.
Esther is no different. See how important she was in saving God’s people with this quick overview:
A Lovely Queen
We begin Esther with the mention of a wealthy king named Ahasuerus. He and his wife have a petty dispute, so he announces for another queen to be given to him.
Beautiful women across the land are presented to him, yet none are as wonderful and gorgeous as Esther. The king falls in love with her and crowns her queen.
A Wicked Villain
Esther (of Jewish descent) hides her family line and race, including her adoptive cousin Mordecai.
Eventually, Mordecai, a proud Jew, finds himself in a bunch of trouble with a mean, appointed leader of the king named Haman. Haman feels disrespected by Mordecai (who refuses to praise him) and goes on a rampage to have all the Jews killed on a specific day.
A Happy Ending
Mordecai brings news of this sudden death threat to queen Esther. Frightened for her people’s safety, she pleads with her king to not let the Jews be wiped out.
Esther is granted her wishes along with a couple of other miracles (Haman is killed, Mordecai receives fame in the palace.)
And that’s pretty much it! A fairly happy ending (besides what happens to Haman and his family.) You can also check out Overview Bible, for more information on Esther.
Now let’s dive into how this book’s messages correlate to our everyday lives!
Big Takeaway #1- Where you are is exactly where you need to be.
Esther 8:3 – “Esther again pleased with the King falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which had devised against the Jews.”
Following her duty as leader of her Jewish people first and queen second, Esther begs the king to spare the Jews. Although she is granted access to make any request she wants, she almost begins to overstep her boundaries after having Haman killed moments before.
Still, Esther keeps a determined spirit and begs the king to fulfill another request to save the Jews. Because of her selflessness, the order to have them all killed is lifted, and hope returns.
The big takeaway for us young adults from Esther 8:3
God has put you exactly where you are today to use you for His good. It is 100% up to you have to answer that calling!
Esther didn’t have to make the call to stand up for the Jews. Living in luxury as she was, she could have simply let everyone be killed and kicked her feet up in the palace. But Esther knew she had a calling and was blessed with a powerful position to save thousands.
Yes, not everyone’s calling is as glamorous as being a queen. But, no matter where you are or are going to be, you’re exactly in the right spot for God to use you for His good works.
Big Takeaway #2 – What goes around will come back around.
Esther 7:10 – “So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai.”
The irony of Haman’s twisted plan to kill all of the Jewish people smacks him right back in the face.
Not only are his dreams crushed to have Mordecai hanged, but he also ends up losing his own life! King Ahasuerus is totally disgusted by Haman’s evil plot once lovely Esther brings it up to him (despite approving it earlier).
By official royal orders, the king quickly has him sentenced to death on the same gallows he had built to destroy Mordecai.
The big takeaway for us young adults from Esther 7:10
A great way to put this lesson into context nowadays: do unto others as you’d like to be done unto yourself. Which is the obvious Golden rule. Another way to look at it is: you get back what you put out into the world.
Haman only ever put out hate against the Jews. What he put out came right back to him like a boomerang of fate as he died the way he wanted to Mordecai to die.
When you do evil to others, evil will come back to you!
But when you plant kindness, happiness, and joy, those same wholesome fruits will sprout out to bless you.
Up Next – Job
One of the most popular tales of the Bible of major losses and huge come ups is next! Check out Job here!