Daily Dose, July 9 — Bible Characters: Esther

  Esther made front page news when Israel was exiled to Persia. She was a remarkably beautiful Jewish girl. King Ahasuerus loved Esther more than all the other beautiful women who entered the contest to replace Vashti as Queen. So Esther received the royal crown and stepped into a position of power. Esther soon found herself between a rock and a hard place when Haman persuaded the King to send all the Jews to the gas chamber, so to speak. A Jew named Mordecai, who was like a father to Esther, challenged Esther to intervene on behalf of the Jews. “Don’t think that the path of silence will save you,” said Mordecai. “You’ll end up dead as the rest of us. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) Esther told Mordecai to have all the Jews in Persia to pray for her, and I’m sure they did. Queen Esther then hatched a plot that is clear evidence that she was courageous and brilliant, as well as beautiful. The Jews were saved from annihilation, Haman was hung from his own gallows and Mordecai got promoted. I admire Esther. She spoke up, when standing down was the safer play. She stood with her people, when stepping aside was an option. She chose the path of courageous risk knowing that outcome might be really bad. The Annual Festival of Purim celebrates her story, and a book in the Bible bears her name, which is a strong encouragement to do the right thing. There are crossroad moments when silence is anything but golden and hiding in the shadows of privilege is its own kind of dying. -- Y’all come, Don