Queen Esther’s Blog

Blog Title: Queen for the Day

About Me: Queens are notoriously too busy to keep our own blogs; instead we take turns writing posts. It is also well-known that Queens have a hard time keeping posts short, so we apologize ahead of time.

The Queen for today is Queen Esther.        

Intended Audience: The Queen’s subjects.

Blog Excerpt:

The Tale of the first Beauty Queen:

Once upon a time in the kingdom of Persia there was to be a beauty contest. The king’s officers had arranged the contest because years earlier King Xerxes had deposed his first queen. Now he missed her and his sadness cast a cloud of gloom over the entire court.

Xerxes’ officers were sure that a beauty contest would cheer up their despondent king. Soon fair maidens from all across the empire were lining up at the chance to be queen.

Now in the citadel of Susa there was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin. His name was Mordecai. Mordecai had taken in his orphaned cousin Esther and raised her as his own daughter. She was a beautiful young woman who was obedient to Mordecai.

One day Mordecai entered his lovely daughter into the king’s beauty contest. Esther effortlessly won the king’s favor. He was more attracted to her than to any other woman. Esther often wondered whether it was her beauty or spirit that so enchanted the king, but would never dare to question.

The king crowned Esther his new queen. There was a great banquet for all the king’s nobles and officials. The huge celebration became a holiday throughout the provinces!

While the new queen was living a life of luxury, being adored and honored by many, a sinister man had slithered into the palace and also won favor with the king. His name was Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite. King Xerxes had given him a seat of honor above that of all the other nobles. His favor with the king was so great that all the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded it. Only Mordecai would not bow to Haman.

Mordecai’s refusal to obey the king’s order and bow to him infuriated Haman, especially when Haman learned that Mordecai was a Jew. Rather than punish Mordecai alone, Haman decided this was an opportunity to rid the kingdom of the entire Jewish population.

Then Haman said to King Xerxes, ‘There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will give ten thousand talents of silver to the king’s administrators for the royal treasury’ (Esther 3:8-10 NIV)

Because the king was foolish, he was easily manipulated by Haman and agreed to the evil man’s scheme. Indeed, foolish are those who give complete power to a mere mortal!

Mordecai uncovered the plot to annihilate the Jewish people and tore his clothes! He dressed in sackcloth and ashes before walking through the city crying out in distress. Many Jews in the other provinces also mourned by fasting, wailing and weeping.

When Esther heard of Mordecai’s actions, she was deeply distressed. She quickly sent her attendant, Hathak, one of the king’s eunuchs, and ordered him to find out why Mordecai was so distraught.

When Hathak returned and explained the horrible situation and the peril of her people, Esther was appalled! However, she also knew that if anyone approached the king in the inner court without being summoned, the king had one law: that they be put to death unless the king extended the gold scepter to them and spared their lives.

Esther paced the floors and considered her options. The king had not summoned her for thirty days, but she couldn’t just ignore the plight of her people. As Mordecai had pointed out, she was in a position to possibly save the Jews! There was great risk in approaching the king, but it was a risk she had to take.

So Esther donned her royal robes and went to the inner court of the palace in front of the king’s hall. She took a deep breath and prayed for success. God was with her and the king held out the gold scepter to her. Then she invited the king and Haman to a special banquet. The king accepted her invitation.

In the meantime, the evil Haman was counting his chickens before they hatched! He had a 75 foot pole erected in front of his house so that he could impale Mordecai on it. Only Haman didn’t know it, but at the same time the king was reliving favorable memories of Mordecai.

The next day the king asked Haman what he should do to honor a man for his good deeds. The selfish and proud Haman assumed the king was talking about him and described the way in which he would delight to be honored.

But it was Mordecai that would be honored in such a way! Haman had to put a robe on Mordecai, a man he despised, and lead him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’ (Esther 6:11 NIV)

This should have been a sign to Haman that a man’s best laid plans are soon to come to ruin, but he attended the banquet of Queen Esther where he ate, drank and made merry.

His fun was brought to an abrupt end when Queen Esther exposed his villainous plot to kill the Jews. King Xerxes was furious and demanded that Haman be impaled on the pole he had had set up for Mordecai.

The wicked enemy of the Jews was dead and Mordecai became second to King Xerxes. And there was much rejoicing and celebrating throughout the land!

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First, I sincerely apologize for the length of this post! Believe it or not, I cut it down quite a bit. Also, if you are familiar with the book of Esther, then you know that prayer and God are not mentioned, but I included them. Was this a mistake on my part? You tell me.

14 thoughts on “Queen Esther’s Blog

  1. I think you’re allowed certain liberties as the writer of this interpretation. I didn’t think the post was that long either, because it was an engaging story.

  2. This story was not a bit too long, I think you did a wonderful job of adding just enough detail to keep it interesting, and yes, you are allowed a bity of poetic license in adding to what was written. Esther being a Jew, prayers were most definitely a part of her daily life, as they should be in ours. I think you remained true to the story, and I love what you are doing with these blog posts… very creative!!

  3. That was an amazing summation! I don’t think adding God & prayer was a mistake… this is your interpretation (or the Queen’s rather). I consider that artistic license.

  4. Though not stated, I feel God and prayer are implied in the book of Esther. You did a great re-telling of this story. I loved the line “A sinister man had slithered into the palace.” It’s the perfect description of Haman. Thanks!

  5. Wonderful take on Esther! I’m sorry I haven’t had time to keep up with all your posts but I plan to come back and read them all when I have extra time. And I think it was fine to include God and prayer; after all, that’s central to being Jewish.

  6. A very suspenseful one!
    I don’t think it was too long and I agree with the other comments that it was a good idea to include God and prayer in this story.
    :) Good job.

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