Esther 2 Outline
– Esther became Queen (Esther 2:1’“18)
– Mordecai saved King Ahasuerus from assassination (Esther 2:19-23)
Esther 2 Summary
After some time, King Ahasuerus don’t feel angry about the matter anymore. However, he kept on thinking about what Queen Vashti had done to him and the law that was written because of her. The personal servants suggested to the king to bring all the young women to the palace in Shushan. Hegai will be in charge of taking care of the young women. The woman that pleases the king most will become the queen. Therefore, the king’s men brought all the young women from the different provinces to the palace.
A young woman, called Esther was brought into the palace as well. Esther also had a Hebrew name called Hadassah. Esther was raised by her uncle, Mordecai since her parents died when she was at a young age. For the first 6 months, the young women skins were treated with myrrh. For the last 6 months, the young women will be treated with cosmetics and perfumes. The young women were allowed to wear any clothing or jewelry from the house of the women when she goes to the king’s house. Esther was the favorite of Hegai. Hegai gave Esther lots of food and maids. The maids of Esther had the best rooms in the palace. Everyone in the palace liked Esther. Esther pleased the king most. The king immediately fell in love with her and crowned her as queen.
After that, the king gave a large feast to celebrate the crowning of Esther as queen. By that time, Mordecai was already a palace official. Esther did not tell anyone that she is a Jew because Mordecai instructed her to do so. It happened that the two officials, Bigthana and Teresh, responsible for watching the king’s rooms plotted to assassinate the king. Mordecai learned about this and he told Esther to report it to the king. When the king found out that the report was true, he had Bigthana and Teresh hanged. Then, he had the event recorded in the book of the chronicles.
Esther was instructed by her cousin and step parent, Mordecai, to never reveal her Jewish identity since childhood. To hide her identity, she probably have to act the way like the pagan people around her. Despite that, after Esther had grown up, she was still able to keep her faith in God.
Esther 2 Bible Study
1. Be brave to speak about your Christian faith
We may feel challenged to talk about our Christian faith at certain times. Despite that, we should not be shy to speak about our faith. As Christian, we should grab every opportunity to speak about the gospel to people. Paul says that he was not ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1: 16). He also said that he was a debtor to the Greeks and barbarians (Romans 1: 14). Every Christian has the responsibility to speak about the gospel to everyone they know.
2. It is wrong to change the gospel when preaching to non Christians
Many people around us do not believe in the gospel and consider it to be foolish. To prevent people from getting offended, many Christians changed the gospel slightly so that they ended up preaching a different message. Changing the gospel and preaching it in the way that looks good to the disbelievers is wrong because it will render it worthless. To remove the offensiveness of the gospel is to pervert the gospel. To make it understandable to a disbeliever, we should pray to God to open their hearts and spiritual eyes so that they can believe. (1 Corinthians 1:12)