God Will Turn It Around
Esther the real life drama
King Xerxes of
Ahasuerus king of
his wife and former Queen; Vashti
Esther, a Jewish woman who became Queen
second in command, Haman, recently promoted by the king;
Mordecai, a leader among the Jewish people
Mordecai had an office in the household of Ahasuerus king of Persia—supposed to be the Xerxes of history—and dwelt at “Shushan the palace.”
In an attempt to stamp out the Jews, Haman manipulates the king into issuing an order calling for their execution. But Esther uses her royal favor to intervene and expose Haman’s plot. Ironically, in a dramatic twist of plot, Haman is hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai’s execution, and Mordecai is promoted to prime minister. The Jewish people are granted revenge against their enemies.
They also celebrate by instituting the Feast of Purim to mark their miraculous deliverance. The Jews still commemorate this deliverance in the yearly festival Purim, on the 14th and 15th of Adar (February, March).
Es´ther (a star), the Persian name of Hadassah (myrtle)
Myrtle. An evergreen tree with dark glossy leaves and white flowers. The leaves, flowers, and berries of the myrtle were used for perfume and as seasoning for food. The myrtle tree had a religious significance for the Jews (Zech. 1:8–11) and was a symbol of peace and joy. Queen Esther’s Hebrew name, Hadassah (Esth. 2:7), meant “myrtle.”
She was an orphan
She be came a slave
She had the sentence of death on her life
Did good without looking for rewards
2. Xerxes the king.
Had the sentence of death on his life
He sat at the king’s gate, a place for beggars
He wore sackcloth ashes.
VASHTI [VASH tie] — the beautiful queen of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I, reigned 486–465 b.c.) who was banished from court for refusing the king’s command to exhibit herself during a period of drunken feasting (Esth. 1:11
She was often praised for her beauty- and she believes it
She felt too good for the king
Wanted recognition meant for a king
Wanted to Kill
3. All the Jews
Built a gallows 75 feet high hang Mordecai
The Curse that became a blessing - the fourteenth day of the month Adar
Wipe out the physical evidence of the Jews
Wipe the memory of the Jews
21To establish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, 21To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly.