- 1 What made Esther so special?
- 2 What is the main message of the Book of Esther?
- 3 What does the story of Esther teach us?
- 4 Why Esther was chosen?
- 5 What was Esther afraid of?
- 6 What did Queen Esther eat?
- 7 Why is God not mentioned in the Book of Esther?
- 8 What did Esther say to the king?
- 9 Why did Vashti disobey the king?
- 10 What is the message of Purim?
- 11 Where is the story of Esther?
- 12 Who was Mordecai to Queen Esther?
- 13 How was Esther courageous?
- 14 Did Esther exist?
What made Esther so special?
Queen Esther acted courageously when she made the decision to gather Shushan’s Jews, fast and approach the king. She had courage to plan the feasts and her timing to make her requests. She further had courage to beg King Ahasuerus to save the Jews after Haman’s demise and make further requests. Courage breeds courage.
What is the main message of the Book of Esther?
The main theme in the book of Esther is that God is working behind the scenes. There was a divine purpose for all the decisions and details documented in this story, yet none of that becomes apparent until the end. God was arranging all these “secular” events to bring about His divine purpose to save the Jews.
What does the story of Esther teach us?
The story of Esther in the Bible reminds us to pray and wait for God to work. Jesus reminded us when He paraphrased the Torah and said that love is the greatest commandment. Loving God and loving others. Esther knew this in her heart and said “When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.
Why Esther was chosen?
The key to Esther’s promotion was her ability to know proper protocol! She had never been apart of a royal kingdom, so she decided to take the advice of the chamberlain, someone who was in close proximity to the king in and out!
What was Esther afraid of?
Esther fears to reveal herself, because she is a Jew and also because the penalty for going to the king’s inner court uninvited is death, unless the king raises his scepter in approval.
What did Queen Esther eat?
According to tradition, when Esther married King Ahasuerus and moved into the palace, she ate only fruits, beans and grains. Legend has it that poppy and caraway seed pastries were her favorites.
Why is God not mentioned in the Book of Esther?
God, in fact, is not mentioned, Esther is portrayed as assimilated to Persian culture, and Jewish identity in the book is an ethnic category rather than a religious one.
What did Esther say to the king?
Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.” “If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”
Why did Vashti disobey the king?
She was banished for her refusal to appear at the king’s banquet to show her beauty as the king wished, and Esther was chosen to succeed her as queen.
What is the message of Purim?
Purim, (Hebrew: “Lots”) English Feast of Lots, a joyous Jewish festival commemorating the survival of the Jews who, in the 5th century bce, were marked for death by their Persian rulers. The story is related in the biblical Book of Esther.
Where is the story of Esther?
The story of Esther takes place during the reign of King Xerxes I of Persia, primarily in the king’s palace in Susa, the capital of the Persian Empire.
Who was Mordecai to Queen Esther?
Mordecai resided in Susa (Shushan or Shoushan), the metropolis of Persia (now Iran). He adopted his orphaned cousin (Esther 2:7), Hadassah (Esther), whom he brought up as if she were his own daughter.
How was Esther courageous?
Many centuries after her death, Esther remains an example of bravery. She faced fear and did what was right and God was faithful. Through his word, our God still offers us hope, demonstrates his faithfulness and urges us to be brave.
Did Esther exist?
Concerning Esther, or Hadassah as she is called in Esther 2:7, the answer is clear; not only is there no evidence for her actual existence, but there is strong evidence against it; the queen of Xerxes then was Amestris (so Herodotus, History III.