Esther: The Queen Who
When King Xerxes of Persia
needed a new queen, he chose a young woman named Esther. He
did not know it, but Esther was one of the Israelites. At
that time, many Israelites lived as servants and slaves in
Persia. Esther's uncle, whose name was Mordecai, told her,
"Don't tell anyone you are from the land of Israel."
King Xerxes had many important
officials in his royal court. One was a man named Haman. He
Haman wanted to get rid
of Mordecai. He knew Mordecai was an Israelite, so he asked
King Xerxes to make a new law: All the people of Israel were
to be put to death! Because the king did not know Queen Esther
was an Israelite, he didn't realize she would have to die,
When Mordecai heard about
the new rule, he told Esther, "King Xerxes plans to kill
all the Israelites! You must go to the king and save us!"
Esther came before the
king, and he asked her, "What do you want?" She
invited him to a dinner, asking for Haman to join them.
King Xerxes and Haman
went to the dinner. Again the king said, "Tell me what
you want. I will give it to you!" Queen Esther answered,
"Please save my people, and my own life," she said.
"Haman wants to kill all of us!"
The king became very angry
with Haman and had him punished. He then made a new law to
save all the people of Israel, including Queen Esther. Because
Queen Esther spoke up to the king, the nation of Israel was