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The Book Of Esther - King Ahasuerus, Queen Esther, and Jesus Christ

Updated on December 1, 2012

About The Book Of Esther

A book of the Old Testament, Esther is to believed to have been written between 3 or 4 B.C. The Book of Esther tells of a young Jewish girl named Hadassah who becomes the queen of the King of Persia, Ahasuerus. Her uncle, Mordecai, changes her name to Esther because he fears that it will be discovered that she is a Jew.

As queen, Esther faces a great challenge, when Haman, an official in the Persian Empire creates a plot to annihilate the Jews. Haman gets the King's consent to destroy all of the Jews on a certain day.

A seal of King Darius of Persia
A seal of King Darius of Persia | Source

The Seal Of The King

When King Ahasuerus gave Haman permission to destroy the Jews, he did it by giving him his ring. Haman was able to proclaim the annihilation of the Jews by sealing the decree with the imprint of Ahasuerus' ring. Haman's evil plot was devised as a way to ultimately pay back Mordecai for refusing to bow to him. Because of one man's action, an entire people would be wiped out.

" And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring." Esther 3:10-12 K.J.V.

The King's seal, once given, could not be taken back. What the King decreed would be done as his word was law and so the decree that the Jews were to be destroyed in the twelfth month, called Adar, could not be revoked.

When King Ahasuerus realized that Haman's plot to kill the Jews and his decree would cause the death of Queen Esther, he sent out another decree. This time it stated that if any of the Jewish people were attacked on the day the decree was to be sent out, they were to fight back and to kill all those who would threaten them. The seal of the King, with his ruling, was the only thing that was able to save the Jewish people from the King's own decree.

God's decree

In the beginning, when sin entered the world through Adam, God made a decree as well. As a result of sin, mankind was cursed to work for his bread, to labor in childbirth and finally to die and return to the dust from which he came. (See Genesis 3)

God's word stands forever and His words could not be undone. The Lord's decree was righteous and just because He ruled and still rules over man. It was sealed in heaven and recorded that from that day on, men would die and it is recorded from then on, all of those who did die. All men deserved it - except one.

Jesus - Beloved of God

Just as the Jewess Esther entered into the King's palace and became his favorite and his Queen, so too is Jesus Christ the favored of the Lord. The King's love for Esther was what caused the Jewish people to be saved. He sent out another seal for them to fight because of Esther and Esther alone. The Lord sent out another seal because of Jesus and Jesus alone. His perfection fulfilled all of the law and through His sacrifice, His people, those who belong to His flock, were and are saved. They have permission to live because of Him and are given eternal life through Him.

It can also be looked at with this point of view as well. Jesus the Creator, sent the decree just as Ahasuerus did that those who sinned should be destroyed all because of one man's sin (Mordecai represents Adam here), yet He had a bride that He loved very much and so for this bride, He sent out another decree so that she would be saved and be with Him in His kingdom which is the Kingdom of Heaven.

From either perspective, God's mercy is clear. His love is immeasurable and so is His grace.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi shofarcall,

      I completely agree with you. I too, find that the Old Testament proclaims Jesus Christ as Savior, King, Priest, and Son of God. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament confess that He is Lord.

      Thank you for the wonderful words of truth!

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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Hi North Wind,

      Esther is a favourite book of mine in the OT. No matter where you look......there is a parallel to and for the coming Messiah. There is not an idle word in Scripture and the OT is full of Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Praise God. May all eyes be opened to see that Old and New Covenants co-exist, are of one another. All Glory to Almighty God. Amen

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks teaches,

      Yes, Esther is an inspiring person. I too, enjoyed the movie One Night With The King.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Esther has always been a role model for me and many other women. Her beauty was beyond compare and her faith was an example of strength in God. I often watch the movie One Night With The King for inspiration since it features her as a queen with wisdom. Great write up on this book and character. Blessings.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Michele,

      I always look forward to hearing from you. Esther is one of the women in the Bible I look up to. The Bible has so many encouraging stories of people who walked in the will of the Lord.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      North Wind

      One of the things I love about your hubs it that they always teach me something. That is fantastic! I knew about Esther, but had not thought about her for a long time. Thank you so much for reminding me.

      You always help me.

      Voted up.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi teacherjoe52,

      Yes, Saul was supposed to kill Agag and Samuel had to kill him instead. I did read that Haman is believed to have been a descendant of Agag and that Mordecai was a descendant of Saul. It does seem as though the later generation had to do the job that the earlier one could not have done.

      Thank you for your comment and God bless you too!

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hey ls,

      I love to read the book of Esther because I think about her just the way you described. Her humility and submission is indeed a picture of Christ.

      Thanks so much for the votes and the ratings :)

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Ericdierker,

      It is a hard truth to swallow but it is a truth nonetheless. The great news is that Jesus took the curse for us and through Him we are redeemed from the curse.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Good morning North Wind.

      I really like the way you put them together.

      How about when Saul was told to kill a certain king and didn't. That kings great grandson was Mordeca. When God tells us to get rid of something in our life and we refuse, it can come back to bite our future generations.

      Great article.

      God bless you.

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      The story of Esther is so powerful. What a courageous but humble woman. Esther was a type of Christ in that she was willing give up her her life so that her own people could live. She also exemplified Christ in that she was humble and utterly dependent on, and submissive and obedient to God, no matter the cost to herself.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome and beautiful. Great hub.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      One of the hardest parts about sin for me, is accepting that we were cursed to live this life. I still do not get it.

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