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When Mordecai the Jew was a young man has was introduced to his cousin, who he had never previously met. Her name was Hadassah, although she was known more commonly as Esther. She had never known who her mother and father were because they had passed away when she was very young. So, he took her in and reared her in the right direction. When Esther was young, she was an extremely obedient young girl. She listened to Mordecai’s direction and grew to be a lovely young lady. One day, she was going to the well to fetch water as Mordecai had told her when she met a man. He was a very handsome looking young man. Although, because it was not customary for Jewish men and women to talk without it being arranged in public, they did not speak, she went home thinking about that man for the rest of the evening.
The next morning, Esther told Mordecai about this young gentleman. He paid a visit to the family and he arranged a meeting for the young man and Esther. Over a certain amount of time, the families arranged a marriage for the young couple. The families were nothing but ecstatic for the uniting of the two young individuals. However, during this time, there had been an altercation between the king and queen and the queen had been banned from the king’s presence and ordered to be replaced. Therefore, an edict had been issued stating that all the beautiful virgins from the surrounding areas should be summoned to the palace for the king’s examination.
This was obviously a great devastation to the young man Esther was betrothed to and both the families. She endured the depression from being pulled away from her true love for several months. However, while she was in the palace she was pampered and treated better than she had ever been before. She was given six months of beauty treatments, seven servants, and special food because the overseer of the women had taken special interest in Esther. She was very fortunate to have received this treatment, for it allowed her to be able to later please the king all the more. During her beauty treatments, Mordecai would check on her on a daily basis, walking beside the court of harem. At one point during her beauty treatments, her true love came to visit her. He was caught trying to enter the palace and was thought to be an intruder. He was ordered to be executed for fear he would attempt to kill the king. Once Esther got the news, she went into a deep depression, but still remained faithful to God.
When it eventually became time for Esther to appear before the king, she simply prepared herself with what Hegai, her overseer, recommended. She won favor with the king more than any other virgin presented to him. She listened to Mordecai and was obedient to her newfound husband. She also hid her Jewish background from her husband because the Jews were not favored in the government at this time. Mordecai had been sitting at the King’s gate when he overheard two guard discussing plans to overthrow the king. When he told Esther this and the two men were hung on the gallows.
When it was found that Mordecai had not been kneeling for the king at the royal gate, it was also revealed that Mordecai was a Jew. Haman, who was in charge of the guards at this time, granted he had been promoted to the highest-ranked official in the government, then attempted to find a way to eliminate all the Jews. He went to the king and got permission to eliminate the Jews. The king, without being aware that these people were Esther’s people, granted permission because they hadn’t been following his religious edicts.
When Esther learned of this, she approached the king after three days of fasting. She requested that Haman be invited to a dinner she had prepared for him. He was summoned instantly. At dinner that night, the king asked if Esther had any other requests. She requested that Haman come the next night then she would reveal her wish to the king. So it was granted and Haman would come the next night. Haman went home, beaming with joy. Although, he stated to his family that he could not enjoy it while Mordecai was still sitting by the King’s gate. So, he had a gallows made that was 75 feet high and made a plan to convince the king to let him hang Mordecai.
That evening, the king could not sleep so he started going through the record books and came across Mordecai’s great deed of revealing the two guards’ plot against him and determined that he needed to be rewarded for this. He had Haman complete his rewarding process. Later that evening, Haman appeared to the dinner that Esther had prepared just as he had the previous night. The king then asked Esther a second time, “Queen Esther, what would you like?” She replied, “If I have found favor in your eyes, O King, and if it pleases the king, give me my life, and give my people their lives. We’ve been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed sold to be massacred, eliminated. If we had just been sold off into slavery, I wouldn’t even have brought it up; our troubles wouldn’t have been worth bothering the king over.” She then revealed that it was Haman who caused all this trouble. He was ordered to be executed and, ironically, was hung on the very gallows that he had created for Mordecai. Esther, although she endured the loss of her true love and the persecution of her people, ended up being the hero of the day for the Jews. She has and always will be looked up to as one of the heroic women of the Bible.