Her Hebrew name was Hadassah. Esther, the Persian name given to her, means “star”. Orphaned as a young girl, Esther was adopted by her cousin, Mordecai. She came from humble beginnings and rose to be queen over an immense kingdom during the time when Persia was at its pinnacle. It is believed that the king in this book was the king the Greeks refer to as King Xerxes.
God is never mentioned by name in the book of Esther, but His divine grace and providence are clearly seen throughout. Esther’s story reads more like a fairy tale and is still remembered and even celebrated by the Jewish nation today. It proves to be a wonderful reminder to us that the Lord can take the most unlikely of candidates and use them to accomplish great things. All that’s required is a willing heart.
→Esther’s story takes place in the entire book of Esther.
→This week’s memory verse is: “For if you remain silent now, then relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Who knows if you haven’t come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
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