Esther, born Hadassah, is the eponymous heroine of the Book of Esther. Esther was a Jews queen of the Persian King Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus was identified with Xerxes I.
In Persian the name of Esther mean, “STAR”, which refers to the planet Venus.
The story of Esther takes place in the Persian Empire when Ahasuerus (XerxesI) was the ruler. Esther was from the tribe of Benjamin, her families were among the Jews who chose not to return to the trek back to Judah.
The King is upset that his Queen, Vashti refused to come when called so he removed her. He met a beautiful Jewish girl name
Hadassah, she received praise from all who met her. So the King selected her to become his Queen and made her name Esther.
Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, convinced her not to reveal her Jewish identity, because Jews were still looked at as suspicious people. So she kept the secret to herself. At that time a plot was set to kill the King so Mordeca
i informed Esther so she could warn the King. The identities of the men were revealed and they were hanged.
Now enter Haman, who was second in command of the Persian Empire behind the King, was not only evil but also arrogant. Haman expected everyone to bow to him but Mordecai would not, this angered Haman.
He wanted the Jews dealt with and Mordecai warned Esther. Mordecai stated to Esther she must let the King know, but Esther feared for her own safety, but she wouldn’t allow risked her life for her people. At a banquet E
sther revealed the plot to kill her and the Jewish people and name Haman, the king was upset and full of anger, he had to walk out of the area to regain his poise. When he returned he requested Haman be hanged for his plot.
Esther story is incredible. Here is a woman who was willing to risk her own life to save her people knowing she would possibly be killed. She put others needs ahead of her own. She was truly BRAVE. The main aspect to remember was trying to protect your true identity from others only hurt. But accepting your TRUE self is not only BRAVE but that the TRUTH shall set you free and you are FREE indeed.
Disclaimer: The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible. I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word.