Esther: For Such a Time As This

Esther: For Such a Time As ThisEpisode #24- Esther: For Such a Time As This

This week we learn about Esther, a woman who overcame her fear in order to save her people from certain destruction.

Our heroine lived between 538 BC and 473 BC and was raised by her cousin, Mordecai, who treated her as his very own daughter. Hebrew by birth, Jewish by faith, she and her cousin resided in a Jewish community in Susa, the capital of Persia. It is now 100 years after the Babylonian exile, which we discussed in our previous episode about Daniel. Although some Jews ended up returning to Jerusalem, many did not.

After King Xerxes banished Queen Vashti for failing to obey him, a nationwide search for the next queen began. It’s thought that as many as 400 young ladies were brought into the king’s harem for a beauty pageant of sorts; Esther the Jew was among them. Soon, Esther won the favor of those around her, and eventually, she won the heart of the king.

Adding to the drama, there was an ongoing feud between the king’s right-hand man, Haman, who was an evil man, and Mordecai, the cousin who raised Esther. When Mordecai continued to refuse to bow to Haman, Haman plotted to annihilate not only Mordecai but all the Jewish people and manipulated the king to issue an edict to carry it out.

Now crowned Queen Esther, she still had not revealed her nationality and faced a dilemma upon learning of Haman’s plans to kill her people. If she goes before the king to plead for their lives, she risks her own life. However, if she remains silent, she also risks losing her life. Bravely, Esther hatched a plan, and through her courage and faith in God, her people were spared.

Listen to this week’s podcast to learn the inside scoop on how this amazing feat was accomplished and what lessons we can learn from Esther’s example.

On the next episode- On the next episode of History for Christian Teens, we begin our study of historical figures in the New Testament with a very special young mother whose child grew up to change the course of history!

 

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

Scripture references:

  • The Book of Esther
  • Romans 8:28

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