Esther is famously known to be the advocate to her Jewish people. The Book of Esther was named after her because of her remarkable courage and bravery for risking her life for the redemption and deliverance of the Jews in the Persian Empire. She is a woman of beauty inside and out for her loyalty, submissive heart and faithfulness.
Esther’s Life and Background
Esther, in accordance to the Book of Esther is a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin who was an orphan and was raised by his older cousin, Mordecai when her parents died. She grew up as a prisoner-exile in the Persian Empire together with other Jews who are compelled to remain as exile in Babylon instead of going back to their land in Judea.
Esther was originally named Haddasah, a Hebrew name which means myrtle, an evergreen shrub used for its violet flowers and for perfume-making. Its branch also denotes peace and thanksgiving. Her Persian name, Esther means “star” which is a derivation of the name of the goddess Ishtar.
Esther’s Appointment as the Queen of Persia
Esther is believed to be very exquisitely beautiful and stunning that her charm was able to catch the interest of a royal king who is so acquainted to be around with other beautiful ladies and women in his empire, not to mention his concubines. She also has an inward beauty that God gave her which made her to be in a position of a queen for such a time as that.
The King of Persia, in search of his new queen was captured by Esther’s beauty and has chosen her among other beautiful ladies in the empire to be his wife. Esther, on the other hand concealed her true Jewish identity to the king which later did they understand that it would play an important role in the redemption of her people in the hands of the Persians.
Esther in Purim Story
Esther who became the Queen of Persia thwarted the evil plot of Haman to destroy all the Jews by simply revealing her true identity to the king that she and her people were planned to be killed by a royal decree originated by Haman. Because of the king’s fury, he immediately ordered Haman to be killed for his blasphemous plot against his queen.
The Jews were delivered and saved for Queen Esther’s courage and for risking her life in exchange to the deliverance of her people.