Xerxes sent word to his Queen and she refused to come and sit by his side during the grand gala. In his drunkenness, he became angry and called his consultants together to figure out what to do with the Queen who had publicly disobeyed him.
It was determined that if something was not done to correct her the other women throughout his kingdom would get word of it and not obey their husbands, so it was decided to strip the Queen of her right to the throne and crown.
It was then the quest was on for a new queen. Word was sent to all the rulers of the 127 provinces to search for the most beautiful virgin they had and present her to the King. Esther won the beauty contest, and the interesting thing about this process is, before she could go and be with the King there is a process that will take a year to complete.
She would have to spend six months bathing in Myrrh and the second six months in perfumes and colognes.
The twist to this story is, Esther had kept the fact that she was Jewish a secret as Mordecai had instructed her. So, here’s a Jewish lady becoming the Queen to a Persian King. To be sure, there is more to this story than I have room to share in this column. Read the book of Esther in the Old Testament of the Bible. It really is quite the story.
Our “Come Thirsty” series continues this Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. as we meet at The Fine Grind, 120 E. Washington Street, Greensburg. I invite you to join us for a wonderful study time.
The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, can be reached at 812-614-2160 or through: www.doclayne.com.