Welcome to week 6 of Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave the series! Each week for 10 weeks on Whimsical Wednesday, we are studying the most beautiful and brave women in the Bible. At the end of this post, you will find the prior articles in the series. Be sure to check them out!
This week we are featuring “Esther who stepped up.” To begin, let’s take a peek at some interesting facts about the book of Esther:
- The book of Esther is one of two books in the Bible named after women in the Bible; the other is Ruth.
- The word “God” is never mentioned in the entire book of Esther.
- The short and to-the-point book is only 10 chapters long.
- Esther’s original name was Hadasseh, which means “myrtle.” The name “Esther” means “star.” I think we can safely agree that her name change was a good thing.
The historical time period of Esther takes place during the reign of the Medes and Persians. Esther is an orphan being raised by her uncle, Mordecai. We don’t know the reason Esther’s parents are no longer living, but the Bible is clear that Esther is very beautiful.
Word on the street quickly passes that the king is looking for a new queen and Esther is taken to stay at the house of concubines in the palace. I believe that one little fact spelled out to us about Esther in chapter 2 verse 15 is a description of her actions that we can’t pass over lightly.
Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
Esther the little orphan girl was grateful for everything she was given and she didn’t ask for a different dress or better shoes or more jewelry. She simply accepted what she was issued and everyone who saw her loved her.
A grateful heart is the most revealing beauty mark.
Esther takes her turn to go before the king after 12 months of living in the house of concubines and the king loves Esther. So much so, that he makes her the queen.
The most familiar piece of Esther’s story is the fact that she risked her own life to save her people by going before the king without invitation.If the king did not hold out his scepter to her in favor, then she would immediately be killed. Esther must have been completely afraid in this pivotal moment of risk, but her uncle’s advice no doubt echoed in her mind: “For such a time as this.”
Courage chooses to trust in God… AND his timing.
So here is the profile of Queen Esther, beautiful and brave.
- Name: Esther (Hadasseh)
- Occupation: Queen
- Family background: orphan and niece to Mordecai
- Daily life: royal responsibilities
- Emotional baggage: none of which we are aware
- Weaknesses: none outlined
- Beauty secrets: beautifully undemanding and graciously submissive to authority
- Acts of bravery: risked her life at a pivotal moment for the sake of her countrymen
Wouldn’t it be fun to have tea with Queen Esther?
Each week I want to highlight one of the posts linked up in the previous week. This week, my friend, Mary’s post at Passage Through Grace was the perfect linkup to highlight. In light of what we’ve learned about Esther today, check out what Mary says about bravery and courage.
Bloggers, I’m thrilled to have your 100% Christian encouragement linkups this Whimsical Wednesday. If you have chosen to participate in the Women in the Bible series and link up your post, then I plan to choose and highlight one of your posts here on the blog next week.
Original Post: Women in the Bible: 5 of the most beautiful and brave
Introductory Post: Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series
Week 2: Deborah Who Declared God’s Truth
Week 3: Hannah Who Poured Out Her Soul
Week 4: Ruth Who Dedicated Herself
Week 5: Mary Who Anointed the Lord
Week 6: Esther Who Stepped Up