Esther

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Esther

Mordecai was the guardian of Esther. She was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin, and she grew up as an exile in Persia. She was considered a very beautiful, intelligent young woman. After King Xerxes condemned Queen Vashti, he met Esther and realized that he was in love with her for her intelligence and beauty. She seemed to have pleased the king. King Xerxes' love for Esther influenced him to have her become queen by marrying her, replacing former queen Vashti. Through the time being, Esther kept secret of her being Jewish.

Verses of Esther:-First ' Last-3 meaningful verses

The book of Esther in the bible is supposed to dem-onstrate God's love and care for his people throughout their lifetime in Persia. It is also trying to show the sins of racial hatred and how Esther took action against those who tried to destroy Jews.

-Es. 1: 1 "Mordecai, a Jew who belonged to the tribe of Benjamin, was taken into exile, along with King Jehoiachin of Judah, when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia captured Jerusalem."Es. 10: 10 "So each year for all time to come God's people will gather together in his presence on the fourteenth and fifteenth of the month of Adar, and celebrate with joy and happiness. During the fourth year of the reign of Ptolemy and Cleopatra, a man named Dositheus, who claimed to be a levitical pirest, brought the preceding letter about the Purim festival. He was accompanied by his son Ptolemy, and they declared that the letter was genuine and that it had been translated by Lysimachus, son of Ptolemy, a member of a Jerusalem family."-Es. 7: 3-4"...If it please Your Majesty to grant my humble request, my wish is that I may live and that my people may live. My people and I have been sold into slavery; our possesions have been plundered, and now we are to be destroyed—all of us, including our children, will be slaves—­and so far I have kept quiet. It isn't right that our enemy should be a member of the royal court." -Es. 10: 7-8"...God prepared one destiny for his own people and another for all other nations. Then came the day and the hour when these two destinies were to be decided; the time had come for God to make a decision about the nations."-Es. 7: 6-7These friends, by their lies and deceitful ways, take advantage of the good will of their rulers. You can see the examples of this misuse of power not only in the stories that have been handed down to us from the past, but in the more recent outrageous thing which have happened among you."

Information of the Book of Esther

There are exactly 10 long chapters in the book of Esther. This book is considered one of the hardest books to place the genre, but it is most likely a history because it explains of past events. It is also said to be a story/poetry/wisdom. During the time of the story, it took place in 486-465 B.C. This was possibly during the time of the reign of the Persian King.

When Esther found out about Haman's wish to kill all Jews, she decided to protect and to fast and pray for three days. After doing so, she invited King Xerxes and Prime minister Haman to a banquet. At the banquet, the King expected Esther to tell him what she desired, however she just invited him and Haman to another banquet. At the second banquet, Esther finally tells King Xerxes what will happen to the Jews and that Haman was behind the whole genocide plot. King Xerxes was very angry and decided for Haman to be put to death.

Esther exposed Haman! 4C; 5; 7

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During the story, Esther exposed Haman as the terrible enemy towards Jews. The King was very displeased and had him hung for his terrible actions against Esther. This would relate with a situation I had with my babysitter when I was younger. She was not good to me and she was very useless. All she would do is talk to her friends on the phone and neglect me. The worst part was that she got paid to do all that without my parents knowing. However, I ended up telling my brother about her bad behavior, which led my brother to tell my parents. They ended up firing her and that was when my independence grew. This relates to Esther's strong accusation of Haman for destroying or attempting to destroy all Jews.


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