THIS SCRIPT IS FOR QUEEN ESTHER
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Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel, were all alive during the 70 year Babylonian captivity. Daniel and Ezekiel were taken prisoner; Nehemiah, Ezra, Haggi, Zechariah, and Zerubabel, must have been born to prisoners in Babylon during the captivity.
After Babylon was conquered by the Persians, Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, Zerubabel at the urging of the prophets Haggi and Zechariah started to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and Ezra became the priest.
The book of Esther is right at the end of the Old Testament. Esther became Queen in Persia 479 years before Christ. Purim is still a Jewish holiday, and celebrates Queen Esther, and the deliverance of the Jews from Haman.
King Ahasuerus was an immensely wealthy and powerful king;
He ruled over one hundred and twenty lands, stretching from India to Ethiopia.
In the third year of the king’s reign, he decided to hold a seven-day banquet.
As the men got drunk, the king summoned his wife to appear in her royal dress.
So that he could show off her beauty, but the queen refused to come.
He was furious; “The queen must go!” Demanded the king.
Living in the land was a Jewish man named Mordecia, who was looking after his young cousin Esther.
Everybody thought that Mordecia had adopted Esther; they didn’t know she was a Jewess.
When the king was choosing a new wife, Esther was included, and it was love at first sight for the king.
But still no one knew that Esther was a Jewess, not even the king.
Esther was chosen to be Queen and went to live in the Kings palace.
Mordecia would visit the Queen daily.
One day Mordecia overheard two of the king’s servants, plotting to assassinate the king.
Mordecia went to Queen Esther, and told her to warn the king.
The plot was discovered, the two men were arrested.
And Mordecia’s action was recorded in the palace records.
Sometime later the king appointed a new prime minister, a man called Haman.
Haman ordered everybody to bow before him, which they did except Mordecia.
“I’ll speak to the king about this.” said Haman.
“Your majesty, there are people in the land that do not recognise or obey your laws.”
“You must issue a royal decree to destroy them all, men women and children.” The king said to Haman;
“The people are given to you, do with them whatever seems fit.”
And later the king and Haman sat down to drink.
The whole city was weeping and wearing clothes of sack.
Queen Esther was deeply distressed and sent Mordecia some clothes.
She also sent a servant to see Mordecia, Mordecia explained;
“Haman is going to kill all of the Jews, please beg queen Esther to plead our case before the king.”
So Esther put on her royal robes, to enter the kings presence.
“What do you want queen Esther? I have said that I will give you up to half of my kingdom.” So Esther asked;
“Could the king and Haman have dinner with me tonight?"
In the meantime, Haman was building gallows for Mordecia’s execution.
At dinner Esther’s only request, was that the king and Haman, would have dinner with her the following evening.
That night the king couldn’t sleep, so he ordered his servant, “Send someone in to read me the palace records.”
They read to the king, the account of how Mordecia saved the king’s life.
The next morning the king sent for Haman and asked; “What should I do to the man whom I want to honour and exalt?”
Haman thought that the king was referring to him, so he replied;
“The man should wear your royal robes and crown, and as he rides the kings horse through the city square;”
“The highest man in the kings palace, should proclaim him as honoured before the people.” The king replied;
“Go and do so for Mordecia the Jew, and leave nothing undone that you have spoken.”
So Haman had to dress Mordecia in the king’s clothes, and proclaim him specially honoured by the king.
At dinner Esther told the king that she is a Jewess, and begged him to save her people.
Then she explained in detail the plan to kill the Jews. So the king asked;
“Who would dare to do such a thing to the queen?” Esther replied;
“Him! This is the enemy sitting at the table with us.” The king was furious;
“For this Haman, you will hang.”
And so it was, that Haman was hung from the gallows that he prepared for Mordecia.
Then the king wrote a new royal order, to favour and protect the Jews, and signed it with his own royal seal.
Mordecia went out dressed in the royal robes, and the whole city came alive with rejoicing and celebration.
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