How Did Esther Became Queen?
Esther was able to become queen of King Xerxes because King Xerxes divorced Queen Vashti. King Vashti was advised by his advisors to divorce Queen Vashti because she refused to come before the king. King Xerxies wanted Queen Vashti to wear her crown and show off her beauty to the guests. Queen Vashti refused and this made King Xerxes angry. The advisor advised King Xerxes to divorce Queen Vashti with the excuse that the other women will learn her and refuse to respect their husbands if he let her continue to be queen. After Queen Vashti is deposed, a search is made throughout the entire kingdom for young woman suitable to be queen to King Xerxes.
Esther was recruited into the palace along with other young women. Esther was raised by his cousin Mordecai because she is an orphan. Esther’s Hebrew name was Hadassah. She got the favor of Hegai, the man placed in charge of the women in the harem. Each woman has to go through a beauty treatment that last for 1 year including 6 months with oil of myrrh and 6 months with perfumes and cosmetics. When it comes to a young woman’s turn, she would go to the king in the evening and return to another part under the care of Shaashgaz in the morning.
When it came to Esther’s turn in the month of Tebeth, the 10th month, she was taken to the king. The king was attracted to Esther more than other women and she was crowned as the queen. The king gave a great banquet and proclaimed a holiday in the entire kingdom on the day he crowned her as queen.
It is probable that God raised Esther to be queen to save the Jews from the hands of Haman. Haman later plotted to kill all the Jews in the kingdom by issuing a decree that the soldiers would come to attack them on the 13th of the 12th month, the month of Adar. Mordecai who became a palace guard later, sought Esther’s help. Esther at first refused to help but she agreed to go to the king for help afterwards. Esther refused to help at first because she was afraid she might be sentenced to death in the event that the king did not hold out his scepter. She invited the king and Haman to two banquets.
She only revealed her difficulty and ask for the king to save the jews in the second banquent. The king had Haman hanged on the pole he erected to hang Mordecai when he learned about Haman’s evil plan. He promoted Mordecai to the highest official in the kingdom. He gave Esther and Mordecai the permission to use his signet ring to issue whatever decree he want to save the Jews. Mordecai issued a decree that allow the Jews to defend themselves on the 12th of Adar. The Jews won a great victory and they commemorate the event through the celebration of the Purim festival.
God work all things for the good of his people. God knows what is going to happen ahead of time and he planned everything to happen at the right time. You must patiently wait for God to answer your prayer instead of fretting and being negative about it. Mordecai was obedient to God and he refused to bow down to Haman even if it risked his life. Obedience to God brings blessings. If you see someone in need, you must help him instead of being selfish and ignore him. We must love one another and always do our best to help others when we can. To love one another as much as we love ourselves sum up all the commandments of God in the bible.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:30 KJV)
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. (Romans 11:29 KJV)
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 KJV)
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:24 KJV)
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (Ephesians 1:11 KJV)
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. (Philippians 3:12-16 KJV)
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 KJV)
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 KJV)
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Philippians 2:4 KJV)
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. (1 Thessalonians 5:14 KJV)
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. (1 Timothy 5:8 KJV)
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12 KJV)
But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:34-40 KJV)
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8 KJV)
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10 KJV)
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Galatians 5:14 KJV)
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: (James 2:8 KJV)