Esther, a Jewish woman, was Queen of Persiaand Media. She was afraid for her peoplebecause they were condemned to die. Thewicked prime minister Haman had
deceitfully convinced King Ahasuerus that theJews in his kingdom were wicked and shouldbe put to death. The king did not know hiswife was a Jew. Haman persuaded the king tokill all Jews because a Jew named Mordecairefused to
bow down to him. Mordecai was Esther’scousin and had raised her from the time herparents had died. He asked
Queen Esther to persuade her husband, KingAhasuerus, to reverse his decision to put theJews to death. Even for the queen, however, itwas dangerous to
speak to the king. Anyone approaching theking without having been summoned wouldbe put to death unless the king indicated hisapproval by
lowering his scepter. Knowing this, QueenEsther said to Mordecai, “Go, gather togetherall the Jews that are present in Shushan, and
fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink threedays, night or day: I also and my maidens willfast likewise, and so will I go in unto the king,which is not according to the law: and if Iperish, I
perish” (Esther 4:16). After three days offasting, Esther summoned her courage andfaith in the Lord and entered the king’s throneroom. When the king saw Esther, he smiledand lowered his scepter toward her. Estherasked the king to
attend a banquet. At the banquet she askedhim to spare her life and the lives of herpeople. When the king realized how Hamanhad deceived him into condemning the Jewsto death, he sentenced Haman to be
hanged. Mordecai was made prime minister inHaman’s place, and the king made a decreeallowing the Jews to defend themselvesagainst those who wanted to hurt or kill them.To this day Jewish people all over the worldcelebrate this event and honor Queen Esther.
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