The story of Esther is one of drama and excitement that depicts heroes and villains. Even though God’s name is never mentioned by name or directly referenced, it’s evident that His presence is present throughout the story of Esther. His people are also aware of His presence and the deliverance that He will provide. Many think that the Book of Esther was written my Mordecai; however there is no concrete evidence that supports this theory. Nonetheless, the story is captivating and truly pulls an interest.
The story takes place in the Persian Empire. Esther was a descendant of the tribe of Benjamin which was part of the kingdom of Judah. Esther’s ancestors were among the Jews who were captive to Babylon about a 100 years prior. During this period, many Jews didn’t want to return to Jerusalem when they were allowed because they had grown accustom to the Persian Empire. After Esther’s parents died, she was raised by her older cousin Mordecai – he served in the Persian ruler’s palace.
The Book of Esther provides many biblical lessons that can be applied towards life today. All of these teachings are powerful and depict true courage and devotion.