It is recorded in the Holy Scriptures, in the book of Esther, how the virtue of Queen Esther helped save her people from a plot to utterly destroy the Nation of Israel during the reign of the Persian King Ahasuerus.
Esther, whose parents both died, was raised by her cousin Mordecai. Mordecai was a man of great faith and spiritual nobility [Ezra 2:2; Nehemiah 7:5, 7] and worked in King Ahasuerus’ palace. When he heard that King Ahasuerus wished to find a new Queen, Mordecai commanded Esther to enter the royal court and be considered. Though this meant that Esther would have to leave her home, her family, conceal her nationality and her way of life to marry a man of a strange nation [Esther 14:15-16], she obeyed Mordecai. In the twelve months that she was under the custody of the king’s chamberlain meticulously preparing for her introduction to the King, she remained steadfast and dutiful to her calling, obeying all that was commanded of her to do for the purification of women and never required more than what was appointed to her. [I Timothy 6:6].
Esther found much grace and favor in the sight of the King above all the other women of the royal court for she was not only young and beautiful, but humble and obedient. The King therefore commanded that she be given a crown and be made his Queen.
Now made second in command to the King was Haman the Agagite. Proclaimed in the kingdom was for all to bow before and honor Haman, but Mordecai refused for such reverence he would give only unto the Most High. Haman’s wrath kindled greatly and he planned to kill Mordecai and all of Israel.
When Mordecai sent word to Esther informing her that the King had made a royal decree of Haman’s scheme to destroy all of Israel, Mordecai commanded that she make supplication to the King to make a request for her people. Esther had not been called to see the King for thirty days and feared the penalty of death for requesting an audience with the King as only those already summoned were permitted to meet him. Esther being naturally fearful, [Esther 14:1] was reminded by Mordecai of her obligation to fulfill her calling as the Queen ordained to intervene for God’s people, “for if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14.
Recognizing her obligation to seek God first especially in moments of great tribulation, Esther fasted and prayed for strength and ultimately feared not what may happen to her in the name of the Lord, “…and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16.
Despite her not being summoned, King Ahasuerus found favor in the sight of Esther and met with her. He offered to give her up to half of his kingdom and yet she only requested that the King and Haman come to a banquet that she was to prepare for them. The King delighted and mesmerized by her simplicity and grace, joyfully accepted her invitation. At the banquet the King was so happy he once again offered Esther up to half of his kingdom. She then again only asked of the King that he and Haman accept her invitation to another banquet.
At the second banquet, the King again declared to Esther his desire to give to her anything that she requested up to half of his kingdom. Esther having made herself a wife exceedingly worthy of due benevolence, marked this the right time to make her humble plea, “If I have found favor in thy sight, O King, and if it please the king let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.” Esther 7:3. The King bewildered at such request, demanded to know who commanded the death of his Queen and her people. Esther told him it was the wicked Haman. The King commanded that Haman be hung on the gallows built to kill Mordecai and reversed Haman’s decree to destroy Israel. Mordecai replaced Haman as viceroy to the King. Mordecai sent letters to all of Israel to establish Purim be kept yearly on the fourteenth and fifteenth day of the month Adar with gladness and feasting and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. [Esther 9:19, 22].
Let us remember Esther’s virtue in our daily lives. Esther took heed and obeyed Mordecai without hesitation even without knowing the whole matter as she had faith in her righteous master, so too should you strive to obey your righteous masters – your fathers, your husbands, the elders of the church for they have your spiritual well being in mind, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17.
As Esther fasted and prayed for guidance of the Father, remember always to pray and seek counsel of the Heavenly Father first that your every step be guided to fulfill the Father’s purpose, “That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require.” I Kings 8:58-59.
Esther being faced with the possibility of death, remained steadfast in the carrying out of her calling for she remembered faithfully that her works were for the Heavenly Father from whom we receive all protection, so strive that you too not be fearful in the completion of your calling, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:6.
As a righteous wife, Esther judged the proper time and manner by which to address her husband, so that her husband would be inclined to grant her plea for her people [I Corinthians 7:3]. Strive that you too learn to deal with your husbands in this manner to maintain holiness in your marriage. But even more importantly, remember to always seek to do for your Heavenly Father first that He may be inclined to hear your prayers for salvation, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.
Long live in us the virtue of the Queen!!