Queen Esther

Esther was a Jewish orphan raised by her Jewish cousin, Mordechai. Taken by her beauty, the Persian King Ahaserus chose her as his wife and made Queen, with no idea that she was Jewish.

One day, Mordechai told Esther that Haman — a high official and a cruel man — was plotting to kill all the Jewish people. The King had no idea of Haman’s plot.

Queen Esther immediately asked her cousin Mordechai to tell the Jewish people to fast and pray for her to meet with the King. During that time, no one, including Esther herself, could tell the king what to do—for many it would result in death.

Even though her mind was filled with fear, doubt and worry, Esther had to save her people. She knew she was a child of God, and that God loved her and the Jewish people. Queen Esther trusted God and boldly went before the King where the most dramatic scene in the Book of Esther unfolded.

When she approached the King, instead of having Esther taken away and arrested, the King kindly listened to her. He asked Esther, “What is your request?” Because she was very nervous, she asked to have a banquet. At the banquet, she was nervous and asked to have another banquet.

At this banquet, the King said to her, “Whatever you ask, Queen Esther, shall be granted you.” At this moment Esther revealed the truth that she was Jewish and pleaded for the lives of the Jewish people. The King was not mad — quite the opposite. He was so moved by his wife’s words that he saved the Jewish people — an event that is celebrated today as the Purim holiday.