The book of Esther graphically depicts the victorious struggles of the dispersed Jews during the time of Persian king Ahasuerus against the nefarious plotting of a certain prime minister named Haman. Although God is not once mentioned in this book, but His hand was continually manifested in all the circumstantial details of the story.
Esther, by her beauty, supplants Vashti as queen. Mordecai, the essence of goodness: Ahasuerus though weak and pliable, has strong point. Also Esther, cousin and ward of Mordecai, becomes the heroine of the story by her willingness to risk her life and position at the behest of Mordecai, for her own people in their time of dire need. The book of Esther is thoroughly entrenched in history and documented by specific dates. Unlike works of fiction and romance, this book like Haggai’s prophecy – is dated according to the reign of Ahasuerus, who is commonly equated with Xerxes i.e. 485-465 B.C of ancient times.
Perhaps no other book of the Bible has been attacked as bitterly and vehemently as the nationalism and vindictiveness, critics have declared it unworthy of a place in the sacred canon. If however, one will approach this story reverently, humbly, relying upon the spirit of God to teach him, he will find truths that will satisfy the mind and edify the soul. The more one studies this matchless story, the more he will conclude that its deeper truths must be dug out like gold nuggets.
THE OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF ESTHER
VASHTI DEMOTED-CHAPTER 1;1-22
ESTHER PROMOTED-CHAPTER 2;1-23
HAMAN’S RAGE-CHAPTER 3;1-15
ESTHER’S STAGE-CHAPTER 4:1-5-8
HAMAN HANGED-CHAPTER 5:9-7:10
MORDECAI (AND ESTHER) ELEVATED-CHAPTER 8:1-10:3