Queen Esther…A True Beauty
Queen Esther. Beauty Beyond Measure.Beautiful Inside.Beautiful Outside.Highly Favored.Sought After.World Changer.
When I was 17 I had the privilege of playing Queen Esther in a drama at a women’s conference my church put on. I actually got to perform in front of my role model Lisa Bevere who was our speaker. I always had heard of Esther before but I didn’t really know her story until I was in the drama and read the book of Esther. It immediately became one of my favorite books in the Bible. Then in 2006 Gener8Xion Entertainment Inc. released One Night with The King highlighting Queen Esther’s life.
Esther was a Jewish orphan living in Persia (a non-Jewish land).
“Mordecai had raised Hadassah, also known as Esther, his uncle’s daughter, because she was an orphan. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was very attractive.” Esther 2:7
We know from this verse that Esther was absolutely beautiful on the outside.
During this time in Persia the current king, King Xerxes was married to Vashti. He had been hosting a party for 180 days to show off his wealth. At the end of the party he threw a 7 day feast in which he spared no expense.
While drunk King Xerxes ordered…“to bring Queen Vashti in front of the king, wearing her royal crown. He wanted to show the people, especially the officials, her beauty, because she was very attractive. But Queen Vashti refused the king’s command that the eunuchs delivered to her. As a result, the king became very angry, and his rage burned inside him.” Esther 1:11-12 GWT
Scholars think that he asked for her to come out naked with only her crown on. But, Queen Vashti disobeyed. King Xerxes was raging upset and his advisers told him that if Queen Vashti disobeyed him and he tolerated it, then wives throughout his kingdom would disobey their husbands. So he banished Queen Vashti.
Now he needed a new queen. This is where Esther comes into the picture. “And appoint scouts in all the provinces of your kingdom to gather all the attractive young virgins and bring them to the fortress of Susa, to the women’s quarters.” Esther 2:3 GWT
We know from Esther 2:7 that Esther was attractive so she was taken to the palace. Right off the overseer took special intrest in her so he started her beauty treatments, ordered special food, assigned her seven personal maids from the palace, and put her and her maids in the best rooms in the palace.
She went through a whole year of beauty treatments. Six months using oil of myrrh and six months using perfumes and other treatments for women. Can you imagine being in the best spa, in a castle, for a year of pampering?
“Everyone who saw Esther liked her. So Esther was taken to King Xerxes in his royal palace in the month of Tebeth, the tenth month, in the seventh year of his reign. Now, the king loved Esther more than all the other women and favored her over all the other young women. So he put the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” Esther 2:15-17
Queen Esther was called the most beautiful woman in all of Persia. Sure there were many more beautiful women in Persia, but what made Esther stand out? I believe that when a woman is beautiful on the inside it makes her outside even more attractive. I believe that Esther was the most beautiful woman because she had inner beauty and that made her outward beauty shine brighter than the rest.
Cultivate your inner beauty, focus on that. When you build your inner beauty, your true beauty, you will be that much more beautiful on the outside. When I think of the most beautiful people in the world, people like Rihanna and Beyonce don’t come to mind because their inner beauty is not there. The most beautiful people to me my best friends Emonne Markland, Samantha Saputo, Kristian Kelly, just to name a few. These women our not only stunning on the outside but they have beauty within.
Strive to be a TRUE BEAUTY!