Esther- Queen of the World (Part 1 of 7)

“For Such A Time As This”

Adapted From the Book of Esther

There was a strikingly beautiful Jewish girl named Hadassah. In English it would be Myrtle, maybe not a name we would choose for ourselves or our daughters, but back then it meant incomparable one.
She lived in the kingdom of Persia with her cousin Mordecai because she was an orphan. Mordecai had been captured with all his people and taken from his homeland by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar.
The king during the time of Esther was Ahasuerus. He was the second ruler of the Persian Empire, known by historians as Xerxes. He was proud of all his riches and he hosted an open house and invited everyone to come so he could show off his accumulations. His palace was decorated with beautiful furnishings of “white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.”
The open house lasted for 180 days. Then at the end of the open house he threw a party that lasted 7 days. Unlike our matching sets of glasses, He served wine in golden vessels; each vessel being one of a kind. During the party he bragged about his beautiful queen, Vashti, who at the time was having her own party for all the women in the private quarters of the palace, for it was against their custom for men and women to have parties together.
Well, the king got drunk and called for Queen Vashti to come before him and the men in her royal crown, for he was very proud of her beauty. He never would have done this had he been in his right mind. Vashti, torn between her duty to obey her husband the king or to obey custom refused him. The king was embarrassed and discredited before his subjects and the other royal guests, so he banished her from the court and put her away, never to come before him again. (cont.)

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