Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Esther-My Beautiful Esther

By Mary Vee
Esther 5

From King Xerxes' Journal

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My name is King Xersxes. I am king of the Babylonian empire. 

Today started out like any other day. Complaints to deal with, edicts to approve, decision to make, meetings with advisors. 

Being a king isn't as easy as it seems. I can't take a vacation. Even when I'm sick I have to tend to matters of the empire.

Work. Work. Work.

Just once I'd like to have something special happen. I don't really know what that would be, but some gesture of kindness without me asking or ordering someone to do it. Can you understand?

Even the man that I promoted to second position, Haman, brought complaints to me. Blah. Blah. Blah. The man was so passionate about his problem that I simply said, go ahead. Do what you want. What I meant was, leave me alone.

At least he has left me alone and gone off to fiddle with whatever project he had.

But alone isn't really what I want. I would really just like to see a happy face. One that would soothe my soul. I'd give them anything, if only someone would think of me instead of what they wanted from the king.

I leaned on my arm and waited for the next problem to walk in the door.

The guard cleared his throat then said, "My king." 

I looked up--then I saw her face. 

She looked so nervous. That's when I remembered the power of my scepter. The law stated if I didn't reach it out to her she would be taken away and killed. All because I hadn't asked her to visit.

Oh, not my beautiful Esther. My queen. The one who brought me the greatest joy just when I needed it most. I shouldn't have to ask her to visit. She should have the right to visit me anytime she wants.

I didn't care the reason that brought her to me at all. I was so happy to see her lovely face. I held my gold scepter out to her and urged her to approach my throne.

...come back to read what happens next.

sources: New International Version, New King James Version  

1. Why was the king bothered?
2. Why did he let Haman have his way?
3. What did King Xerxes expect to see at the door?
4. Who came to visit him?
5. What was the punishment for visiting the king uninvited? 
6. What did King Xerxes do when he saw Esther?

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