Entries by Peter Lau

All Under Control

As Esther approaches King Xerxes, we wonder if he will let her in to see him or not. We know her life is at risk. But the king quickly extends his sceptre (Esther 5:1-2). And we let out a sigh of relief. He says to her, ″What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you″ (v. 3). This phrase implies that the king is feeling generous. In the New Testament, King Herod makes the same offer to Herodias’ daughter (Mark 6:23).