Entries by Peter Lau

Passing On A Genuine Faith

The next scene shows the effect that the edict has on Mordecai and the Jews. Mordecai tears his clothes, puts on sackcloth and ashes, then wails loudly and bitterly in the middle of the city (Esther 4:1). But something seems to be missing in Mordecai’s response. It also seems to be missing in the response of the Jews across the Persian Empire (v. 3): prayer.

No Compromise

We’ve reached an exciting point in the story: it is Esther’s turn to go to the king (Esther 2:15). It is now the seventh year of King Xerxes’ reign (v. 16); that is, four years after Queen Vashti has been deposed. In those four years, most historians think that King Xerxes went to wage an unsuccessful war against Greece.

King Of Kings

Sometimes the competition to select a new queen for King Xerxes is presented as a beauty pageant. But it’s nothing of the sort. No, before a ″contestant″ even goes to the king, her beauty treatments last a whole year. She is prepared for six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and cosmetics (Esther 2:12).