It all started with the King’s Banquet, it lasted 180 days, and it was a tremendous display of the opulent wealth of his empire and pomp splendor of his majesty. When it was over he gave a banquet for all the people, from the greatest to the least, who were in the fortress of Susa. It lasted for seven days and was held in the courtyard of the palace garden.
At the same time, Queen Vashti gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes. On the seventh day of the feast, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from the wine he told the seven eunuchs who attended him, to bring Queen Vashti to him with the royal crown on her head. He wanted the nobles and all the other men to ...view middle of the document...
Esther was put in Hagei’s care and he immediately saw her beauty and put her on a special menu and assigned her seven maids and moved her into the best place in the harem. She didn’t tell anyone about her Jewish background because Mordecai told her not to.
Esther along with the other young women received twelve months of beauty treatments, six months with oil and myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments.
When it was time for her to go to the King’s palace, she was given any choice of jewelry and clothing she wanted to take from the harem. That evening Esther was taken to the King’s private rooms, and the second morning she was taken to the second harem, were the King’s wives lived.
When it was Esther’s turn to go before the King she accepted the advice from Hegai. She asked nothing more than what Hegai suggested. She was admired by everyone.
Esther was taken to King Xerxes on his seventh year of his reign. The King loved Esther more than any other of the women. He was so delighted in her that he crowned her queen instead of Vashti. He gave a great celebration in Esther’s honor. She has still not told anyone about her Jewish background because Mordecai has told her not to.
Awhile later, King Xerxes promoted Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, over all the nobles, making him the most powerful official in the empire. All the King’s officials would bow down before Haman to show him respect, as the King commanded.
But Mordecai the Jew refused to bow down to show respect and this made Haman really mad. He had learned that Mordecai was a Jew. So he didn’t only want to lay hands on Mordecai, but destroy all the Jews in the King’s empire.
Haman approached the King and told him about the Jews, he asked if he would issue a decree to destroy the Jews, the King agreed and gave Haman his signet ring.
When the Jews of all provinces herd of this there was a great mourning. They fasted, wept, and whaled, and many people lay in burlap and ashes.
When Queen Esther herd that Mordecai was mourning she sent Hathachto to go and see what was troubling him. He told her about the decree and what was happening and he asked her to go before the King and plead for her peoples lives. But she replied saying, “That whoever appears before the King uninvited was doomed to die unless the King holds out his golden scepter. And the King hadn’t called for her in thirty days.”
And after some talking between her and Mordecai she told him to tell all the Jews to fast for her, don’t eat or drink anything for three days. She will go before the King on the third day; if she must die then she must die.