Hadassah Also Known As Esther
Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful girls into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them. Then let the girl who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.” This advice appealed to the king, and he followed it. (Esther 2:2-4)

Every beautiful young girl (around 12 to 15 years old) was taken from her family and placed in King Xerxes harem. Caught up by this search  was a young Jewish girl named Hadassah. Her Persian name was Esther. She had been brought up as a daughter by her cousin Mordecai after her parents died. He warned her that she must not reveal her background.

Esther had an inner beauty that set her apart from all of the other girls. She gained the favor of all who had any contact with her. (Proverbs 16:7) The king chose to place the royal crown on her head.

Her position as queen gave her the opportunity to intercede for her people when they were ordered to be slaughtered. When she was asked by Mordecai to plead with the king for their lives, she reminded him she could be killed for approaching the king without being summoned.

Mordecai warned her:

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.”
Then he encouraged her: 
“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)
Esther interceded with the king for the lives of her people. The king sent out an edict granting the Jewish people the right to defend themselves. Queen Esther who began in subjection to others became a woman with “full authority.”
“So Queen Esther daughter of Abihail, along with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter concerning Purim.” (Esther  9:29)
Although God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, his intervention is evident as the story unfolds. Although neither Mordecai nor Esther mentions God, their faith is evident in what each did and said. Mordecai expected deliverance for the Jews because God had promised that he would not allow them to be wiped out of existence. (Genesis 45:7; II Kings 19:30-31; Amos 9:8; Zechariah 10:6-12; Romans 11)

As Christians we owe a debt of gratitude to Esther and praise toward God for delivering this Jewish remnant from annihilation. Through the people of Israel, God sent our Savior. (John 4:22; Romans 3:1-2)

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Let A Search Be Made