Esther. 2: 2, 4 “Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, ‘Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king… Then let the girl who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.”
Because she refused the king’s invitation to come to the banquet being held in her honor, there’s going to be a new Queen to replace the Ex Queen Vashti. The king is going to decide; the king is going to choose the one he wants to be his new bride. This process will introduce us to more of the personalities in this story.
Esther 2:3 “Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch who is in charge of the women and let beauty treatments be given to them.”
Let’s begin with Hegai; the one who’s in charge of the king’s harem and who oversees the beauty treatments. Hegai would represent – me. I didn’t apply for the job, God asked me to do it.
Actually, Hegai represents everybody in Ephesians 4:11; all the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers; everyone who’s been called; everyone who’s been commissioned and entrusted with the care, the keeping, and the preparation of the Bride; all those the Lord has called and ordained to oversee the beauty treatments; to equip His people for works of service and help them reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God; everyone who’s responsible for getting the Bride ready to meet the Groom.
Esther 2: 5 “Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai…who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar…”
Next, we come to Mordecai. Technically, he’s Esther’s cousin, but he raised her as his own daughter after her parents died. He became her guardian, her protector. Mordecai is an excellent example of the Holy Spirit at work. The Holy Spirit is the one who brings us into the presence of God. He’s the Comforter, the Counselor, the One sent by the Father to come along side to help us.
Like the Holy Spirit, Mordecai works quietly behind the scenes without drawing any attention to himself. Mordecai is coaching Esther; telling her what to do and what not to do; what to say and what not to say.
The Holy Spirit has come to us to counsel us with God’s wisdom; advising us when to speak and when to be silent; when to act and when to wait. The Holy Spirit is with us to guide us through dark, confusing and uncertain times; to warn us of danger; to assure us of God’s presence and reassure us of God’s love; to help us overcome whatever the world, the flesh and the devil may throw against us and help us live a joyful, satisfying and productive life; to be all God created us to be and accomplish everything God is calling us to do.
Esther 2:7 “Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, who he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This girl, who was also known as Esther, was lovely in form and features, and Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.”
Hadassah was her Jewish name. Esther was her Persian name. She was “lovely in form and features.” Now, I’ve been a Baptist most of my life, but even I know what that means; in any translation. She’s the title character and central figure of the book and we’ll keep learning more about her as we move through this series.
Esther 2: 8 – 9 “…Esther…was taken to the king’s palace and entrusted to Hegai, who had charge of the harem. The girl pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven maids selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem.”
As soon as he saw Esther, Hegai knew there was something special about her. She stood out from all the rest. She was uncommonly beautiful to begin with, but he provided her with additional beauty treatments because the king expected to marry the most beautiful woman on the planet. She was given special food to keep her looking lovely and to give her skin that healthy glow.
“I am the bread of life. Anyone who comes to me will never go hungry. No one who comes to me will ever be thirsty.’ (John 6:35 )
God provides us with special food to nourish our spirits; to make us beautiful and complete on the inside. Like Esther, the confidence, the love, and the joy of truly repentant believers makes a noticeable and outstanding impression in the midst of a dark, depressed, anxious, hopeless, and sinful world.
Esther 2:10 “Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so.”
If Esther had revealed her nationality and family background from the beginning, it would have greatly affected the outcome of this story. God’s timing is perfect. Jesus was also fully aware of when He could and could not reveal who He truly was.
Esther 2:11 “Every day he (Mordecai) walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her.”
Esther might not have been aware of it, but like the Holy Spirit, whether she saw him every day or not; whether she talked to him every day or not, Mordecai was always there and fully in control.
Just like Mordecai, the Holy Spirit is always with us.. He knows exactly where we are at all times. He knows everything that’s happening to us; everything we’re going through. He’s there making sure that nothing coming against us will be able to defeat us.
Let’s stop for now and meet here again next Tuesday when, Lord willing, we’ll get back into God’s word with Pastor Buj.