Courage and Faith

After having the royal chronicles read to him by his servant, king Xerxes was shocked that no one had honored the man who saved him from an assassination attempt. He charged his servants to see if a high ranking official was there to advise him on how to properly reward Mordecai the Jew. The servants told the King that Haman had just entered the court. The King summoned Haman to his chambers and asked him, "What shall be done for the man whom the King delights to honor." Believeing the King was referring to him, Haman replied without hesitation : "For the man whom the king delights to honor, let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on it's head. Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the kings' most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: "Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor". Esther 6:7-9

The King was pleased with Haman's suggestion. He instructed him to hurry and perform what he suggested, to take the robe and the horse "and do so for Mordecai the Jew .... leaving nothing undone of all that you have spoken". Haman was forced to honor the man who would not bow to him.

For the second time the King and Haman dined with Queen Esther. The King repeated his offer to grant her any request, up to half his kingdom. Finally Queen Esther presented her request: "If I have found favor in your sight, O King, and if it pleases the King, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request. For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the King's loss". Esther 7:3, 4

The King was furious: "Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing"? Esther turned and pointed toward Haman: "the adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!" Needless to say, the King had Haman hung on the very gallows that he had built for Mordecai.

While the book of Esther doesn't mention God, the Temple or, any form of it's sacrificial system, there is a numbing similarity to this story and the one with Moses and the Law. A thread of progression can be seen in both accounts. In the account with Moses there is a progression from Law to Grace, Old Covenant to New Covenant. As the fading glory on Moses face depicted. In the account of Queen Esther, we have a progression from doubt to faith to victory. Away in a foreign land, in the midst of a foreign people, deprived of their temple and sacrificial system, Queen Esther retreated into the 'Temple' of her heart, fasted and prayed, then presented herself before the King, sacrificially. What Strength! What Courage!

Whoever said 'Faith' is a New Testament concept couldn't have been more wrong.

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MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

Esther was a great lady and well worthy of our respect

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In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California


A wonderful rendition of the story of Esther. Thank you for taking the time to remind us that one person can make a difference. I also agree that faith is an eternal principle, not just a New Testament idea. Again, this is one of my favorite teachings in the Old Testament, I love Esther.

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LdsNana-AskMormon 9 years ago from Southern California

I absolutely love this account of Queen Esther. This is such an inspiring story, of the power of one, her willingness to do what was the only right thing to be done; and her faith in God. She trusted in Him, above all other threats to her own life - that she might save life!

I commented on your Hubs here, about Esther when I was over at Laura in L.A. reading her very first Hub...

To Speak Out or Not To Speak Out? That is the Question? I said to her, that today we may not go about to save others physically, but spiritually... in that by standing up for what is right; it reminds those around us, who they are...

I think that there are many times, when society forgets what is truly correct, and needs a brother or sister to say... 'guys.... wait a minute'.

The strong currents of the world, can sweep away many good people and there are so many...

It is good to have another, toss a life-saver for us; even when we don't realize we are sinking fast.

Thank you Wehzo, you have lifted my spirits personally right now.



Wehzo 9 years ago

Thank you Mr. Marmalade for your gracious comment; and you too In The Doghouse, one person really can make a difference. LdsNana-AskMormon, you too are so sensitive to Gods' Word that the slightest infraction causes a new round of inquisitorial investigation. That is good. It is good for all of us to remember who we are in Christ, and speaking or behaving in any way less than our best is not acceptable. Happy Valentines Day to you all.

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Iðunn 9 years ago

love, courage and sacrifice. this story provides a lovely example of those qualities.

lovely job, Wehzo~

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Wehzo 9 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Hi Idunn, Thank you. I think those qualities should be commended wherever they are found. Happy Valentines Day.

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Iðunn 9 years ago

to you also, W, happy Valentine's :)

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Wehzo 9 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Thank you Idunn.

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Froggy213 9 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

Very good hub Wehzo,or the pair of hubs I should say.Esther was a great woman of God.There is a movie out now about her story-very well made called:A Day With The King.

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Wehzo 9 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Thank you Froggy213. I saw the movie, and liked it.

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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

Whezo -

I miss you! Where have you been, but more importantly - how are you doing?



Wehzo 8 years ago

I miss chatting with you as well. I am doing fine. Unfortunately, my laptop has been in the shop for two weeks. I had to have my power on button replaced, and I let my daughter have my other computer. I've been like a duck out of water without my laptop. I'm looking forward to getting back into the hubpages groove.

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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

Hi Whezo - Queen Esther is one of my heros! Her history and being there "for such a time as this" is a classic example of God having a grand plan and purpose for all of us (as well as what can result of our disobedience - had Saul killed ALL the Amalekites like God had instructed, Haman would not have come along generations later).

How many of us are able to see ahead? I think most who live by faith understand the future on this earth is uncertain (can be here today and gone tomorrow). As people of faith, we are to put our trust in Him (and I know at times, we all fail). Yet we do receive words of knowledge regarding our present situations, even at times from those who are not believers. I think this too is illustrated in Ester. God works amazingly doesn't he? ...all things according to His purpose, for the good of those who Love Him!.

Haman is a great example of what can happen to those who plot evil schemes as well as serve as a humble reminder for us so as to not think of ourselves more highly than we ought.

Such a treasure of a book, w/ many golden nuggets!

I too saw "One Night w/ the King" (I believe was the correct name of the movie unless there is more than one) made after the publication of the book, written by Tommy Tenney (he's great and I wish he was still on TBN!). Great message there too about how we are to be concerned w/ honoring not only God but our spouses as well (or spouse to be) and not be obsessed w/self gratification.

Glad to hear you are doing ok as I too (along w/ Ldsnana) was wondering about you.

Wehzo 8 years ago

Thank you Christinekv, for your gracious and insightful contribution to this hub. This is one of the greatest stories of biblical history, with so much in it worthy of discussion. And, thank you for mentioning my noticeable absence from hubpages. Though I don't have the time to frequent these very interesting hubpages, yours and others included, as often as before, I am never too far away. My job require a lot of my time. I work for the Auto industry in Michigan, and we all have heard how that can be at this time. Today is a day I am not working, so I am trying to answer as many hubpages from my friends around the world as I can, and of course, I consider you among them. Thank you for asking.

PersianJew 8 years ago

As one of esther's children i love ur story. and angry at hollywood because portraying king xerxes as a monster. xerxes was a great king and a great hausband to her majesty queen esther.

Wehzo 8 years ago

Thank you PersianJew, for your gracious comment. I, too, love the story of Esther, and you are right, King Xerxes is largely overlooked. I would love to do a hub on King Xerxes. Maybe in the near future, unless you feel compelled to honor us with a good perspective of the King. Thank you again.

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