Esther Series Part 4: Esther Becomes Queen

Esther 2:1-4

“After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decreed against her. Then the king’s servants who attended him said: “Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king; and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the citadel, into the women’s quarters, under the custody of Hegai the king’s eunuch, custodian of the women. And let beauty preparations be given them. Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.”

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After the anger of the king had subsided, the king listened to his advisor, “Memuchan.”  He decided to hold a beauty pageant, if you will, featuring all the beautiful young virgins in his kingdom.  From among them, he would choose a new queen.

Summoned To The Palace.
“So it was, when the king’s command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at Shushan the citadel, under the custody of Hegai, that Esther also was taken to the king’s palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women.
Now the young woman (Esther) pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. Then seven choice maidservants were provided for her from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maidservants to the best place in the house of the women.”

Wow!  Right off the bat, Esther is ahead of the game.  Hegai realized there was something special about this young woman.  She had so much favor that he gave her more beauty treataments than were allotted, gave her maidservants, and moved her to the best place in the house of women!  So before the king ever saw her, God was preparing the way for her to become queen.

Just like Esther, when you are a child of God, you walk in God’s favor!  He goes before you to prepare the way for you to reign in your own life.

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Secrets In The Hebrew Language.
Like every other book of the Bible, there are many things hidden, not only within the story itself, but in the Hebrew Language as well.  The passage says, “Hegai” was the custodian over the women.  His name in Hebrew comes from the root word, “Hagah,” which means “Meditation.”   We’ll see the significance of this in a moment.

Let’s look at the next step for these women and see how this figures into our story.

Esther 2:12-14
“Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.
Thus prepared, each young woman went to the king, and she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the women’s quarters to the king’s palace. In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who kept the concubines. She would not go in to the king again unless the king delighted in her and called for her by name.”

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Hegai provided all the women with beauty treatments over a period of twelve months. When it was their turn to go in to the kings chambers, they were dressed and adorned in whatever jewelry and/or garb they chose.


Esther was wise enough to know that Hegai was well-versed in what kinds of adornment, perfumes, beauty treatments and dress would be most pleasing to the king.  She didn’t choose her own perfumes and apparel.  Look what she did:

Esther 2:15-18
“Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised.

In other words, Esther requested nothing but what was came from “Meditation.”  When you “Hagah” on God’s word, He gives you wisdom and favor in your life.  Blessings flow to such a one who depends on God in this way.  You are “Adorned” with only the best things.

But meditating on what?  On the death of Jesus!  That’s what the myrrh and spices depict.  These were used to prepare the body of our precious Jesus before He was placed in the tomb.

Esther, having received more myrrh and spices than the rest, is a picture of believers who are laser focused on Jesus and what He did for us at Calvary.  His death is central to all of history.  It is the pivotal event that divides B.C. from A.D.  It is “His-story!”  It is the focus of the ENTIRE BIBLE!

(For more on the topic of meditation, please follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/meditate-הגה-hagah-tree-series-part-2/)

There are churches that have communion on a weekly or even daily basis.  This pleases God when Jesus’ death is central.  As an individual, you can do so in your own home, as a priest of God.  You don’t need an ordained anyone.  In the early church, they “Broke bread,” from house to house.  In other words, they had communion OFTEN.

Shaashgaz’ name means, “Keeper of the beautiful,” and “He that shears the sheep.”  It was his job to maintain the “Flock” in good condition.  If any of them pleased the king and he called her back into his presence, she would be ready for him.

It is not recorded that any of the other women were ever summoned by the king yet they were obviously well treated by Shaashgaz.  This is a typology of the Church at large, many of whom are not as focused on Jesus death, but on “Do’s and Don’ts.”  God still loves them, cares for and protected them but they don’t share intimacy with the King.

They are like most of the Church.  A greater number of Christians are, if not outright afraid of God, are at least not totally at ease in His presence.  They might feel that God is angry at them, or at least mildly disappointed.  The point is, their relationship with Him is not warm and intimate, like the Queen.

Lest you thing this is an isolated topic, the Bible has more to say about it.  If you are interested, please follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/queens-concubines-and-virgins-without-number/

 

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Esther Obtained Favor.
“And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her. So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the king made a great feast, the Feast of Esther, for all his officials and servants; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces and gave gifts according to the generosity of a king.

Vashti’s name, like every other in this story, is very telling.  To a Hebrew audience, her name sounded like, “When drinking.”  Remember how she refused the king’s request?  Well, “When drinking, that’s what you get.”  Her Judgment was impaired.

Not so with Esther.  She had so much favor before the king that she was not placed with the other women:  She was set apart.  And when she came before the king, she was so pleasing that he loved her more than all the rest, so much so that he set a crown on her head and made her his queen instead of Vashti.

Please proceed to Part 5 for the continuation of our story:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/esther-series-part-5-the-13th-of-adar/

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