even after she was made queen and
moved away from him. From a very
young age, she respected and gave honor
to those in authority: with Mordecai, after she was brought to the palace, and as
the Queen of Persia.
Queen Esther had compassion for
Mordecai when she learned he was in
distress and tried to relieve his pain, but
after learning what caused his grief, she
responded with a warning that it could
mean death to approach the king uninvited. After receiving Mordecai’s warning, she reconsidered and chose to give
up her life, if that was needed, to beg
mercy from King Xerxes for the Jewish
people in the kingdom. She knew that
she must put herself in God’s hands and
asked for the Jews of Susa to fast before
she tried to speak to the king.
Courageously, Queen Esther put on
her royal robes and entered the inner
court of the palace, waiting for the king
to react. Graciously, King Xerxes welcomed her and held out the gold scepter.
She requested the king and Haman to
come to a banquet, where she did not yet
disclose her request, but persuaded both
of them to attend a second banquet the
next day, where she would answer the
king and give her request.
Two significant events occurred during
the time between the two banquets which
may have been the reason God led Queen
Esther to request a second banquet:
1. In his rage from not receiving homage from Mordecai, Haman devised a
plan to have Mordecai killed.
2. King Xerxes could not sleep that
night and had the book of the history
of his reign read to him. His attendant
just happened to read the account of
how Mordecai had exposed the plot
of the two guards who had plotted to
assassinate the king. The king decided
to reward Mordecai.
At the second banquet, Queen Esther
passionately exposed the evil plot of Haman while disclosing her own Jewish
identity. Not only was Haman executed,
but Esther was given his property and
Mordecai given new authority.
We may look to the heroes and
heroines in Bible history to help develop positive character qualities in
our children, which they can use when
faced with the trials of life. The actions and decisions made by Mordecai
and Queen Esther not only give us a
glimpse into their character, but show
us how to proceed in adversity, preventing us from being tossed about like
a ship on the ocean.
Editor’s Note: Look for Footsteps of
Faith: Queen Esther available this month!
Cathy Diez-Luckie, author and illustrator at Figures In Motion, is thankful for
being able to educate her three children
at home and loves to study history and
literature along with them. Her award-winning children’s book series (Famous
Figures) integrates art and history and
engages children with hands-on activities
and movable action figures as they learn
about the great leaders of the past. www
The actions and decisions made by Mordecai and Queen Esther not only give
us a glimpse into their character, but show us how to proceed in adversity.