God’s Hand at Work

God’s Hand at Work

THE BOOK OF ESTHER is the account of an orphaned Jewish girl who rose to become the Queen of Persia, during the Jewish exile around 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Esther lived with her uncle Mordecai in the Persian capital Shushan. The first two chapters relate how, due to her striking beauty and her charm, she won the heart of King Ahasuerus. At the end of chapter 2 Mordecai overheard a plot to assassinate the King. With Esther’s help he foiled it, but he received no recognition. Plot to Destroy the Jews Chapter 3 sees a man called Haman appointed as chief of the King’s nobles. All the King’s officials were obliged to bow in homage to Haman, but Mordecai refused. Furious, Haman determined to get revenge not just on Mordecai but on all his people. (Neither Haman nor Ahasuerus knew that Esther was Mordecai’s niece.) Haman