Make no mistake, the account in the book of Esther concerns an empire that was brutal and bloodthirsty. Esther was probably not the sweet little woman that children’s Bible storybooks portray her as, or hollywood movies for that matter. It is improbable that a passive young woman would rise to the powerful position of queen of Persia.
She was likely shrewd, tough, and fearless. She was not afraid to see someone put to death. It is possible queen Esther was queen Amestris described by the historian Herodotus. (The Histories VII:114).
Whether you believe she was sweet and kind, or cold and calculating, the account is intriguing and God used her in a great and powerful way!
Read Esther 1:1 – 5:14