Our reading challenge for the day is Esther 1-5. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?
Esther 1 - Ahasuerus is also known in history as Xerxes. After a conflict with one of his wives, Vashti, he sends her away as an example of a woman who dishonors her husband.
Esther 2 - Mordecai was a Jewish nobleman. He was among those selected as captives, not a typical refugee. Esther, his neice, was very beautiful. At his urging she was brought into the pool of potential queens. About the time the king was pleased with her, Mordecai discovered a plot against the king and foiled the plot.
Esther 3 - Haman, a royal official, was offended by Mordecai and plotted against all the Jews. He obtained permission from the king to destroy them and sent messengers to appoint the date.
Esther 4 - Mordecai learned of the plot, entered into mourning, and passed the decree to Esther, urging her to seek mercy from the king. She was in that position of influence for a reason.
Esther 5 - Esther approached the king and invited him and Haman to dine. Meanwhile, Haman, angry at Mordecai, has a high gallows prepared for him.
We leave the story near its climax. Where are we now? What situation has the Lord placed us in? How can we protect his people? How can we guard his interests? Our Lord can lead us right where we are.