I think the story of Queen Esther might be one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament (like I told you, she’s the honey badger) and it goes as follows:
The Jews were under the Persian empire with King Ahasuerus reigning with Queen Vashti. After Queen Vashti refuses to obey him one night, he has her killed. Then the king has all beautiful young virgins brought to the palace for his own choosing of his next bride. Esther, also known as Hadassah, was a beautiful young Jewish woman living with her uncle Mordecai brought to the palace who quickly began earning the favor of all who knew her, including the king who chose her to be his queen. During this time, Mordecai hears of a plot to kill the king, tells Esther (who continues to keep her kinship a secret) who then tells the king in Mordecai’s name. Then enters Haman, one of the king’s officials who was advancing in rank. One day, all people standing near the king’s gate were bowing to Haman–all except Mordecai. Enraged, Haman sets about to destroy not only Mordecai, but the entire Jewish nation. Mordecai comes to Queen Esther, urging her to save her people. Queen Esther, knowing the danger that lies before her, commands her people to pray and fast with her for 3 days as she seeks the Lord. Haman’s plot continues as he plans to hang Mordecai, but that night, the king cannot sleep so he has the book of memorable deeds read to him. He hears of Mordecai saving his life and realizes he has never honored this man. As the king honors Mordecai, Queen Esther invites Haman and the king to a banquet in which she boldly exposes her heritage and Haman’s plot to destroy her people. Full of gratitude for Esther and Mordecai, the king kills Haman and averts his plan to kill the Jews.
Many other lovely details lay tucked away in this story of Queen Esther, but I throughout this series, I want to look at four characteristics of Queen Esther that make her a godly woman. The first time I taught this series to a group of girls, (Stephanie, Kaitlin, Whitney, Justice, Kimberly, Leslie, Jasmine, and SNOOP) I think I walked away learning more than they and every time I’ve had the opportunity to teach about my girl Esther, I always think of them. So here it is, girls, I’m dedicating this series to you girls (minus those terrible attack mosquitoes at the mountain biking campsite and having to read our bibles by headlamp light fitting all 8 of us into one 3 person tent in the middle of summer in North Carolina).