Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
Dictionary.com defines defining as decisive; critically important. Moment from the online dictionary is defined as an indefinitely short period of time; instant or short period of time. While prototype is defined as the first design of something from which other forms are copied or developed. For clearer picture and understanding of prototype, Lexico dictionary adds the Greek word of prototype to its definition and says, the Romanized form of prototype is prōtotupos which means something on which something else copies.
From the Romanized meaning of prototype, it thence shows that prototype means something from which other things could be copied, it may not necessarily be the first but it means that the thing is outstanding, and it is done well such that others could emulate it, it could become an original from which other templates could be drawn or made.
The character that I want us to see for this topic is Esther, but before we examine the defining moment of her life, I shall want us to see the incidents preceding her coming to the limelight in the strange land which she lives with her uncle.
The Preceding Incident
King Ahasuerus has been living in Shushan the palace with her beautiful wife for some years, from this place has he been ruling the 127 provinces under his kingdom. The vastness of the kingdom was described in the bible as starting from the Ethiopia to India. Looking at the map either present or the ancient map, one would discover how vast his kingdom was those days.
However, in the third year of his reign the bible says the king decides to rejoice with the princes, servants, nobles and other important dignitaries in his kingdom as he made a feast unto them all.
“In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him:” (Est 1:3)
What necessitated this was not clearly stated but it cannot be unrelated to him becoming the most powerful king in the world for the 3 uninterrupted years. As a king who knows little about God, he considers it right to felicitate with those who had supported him, those who have been the with him since the assumption of office, those who do not allow for the kingdom to be overturned.
This feast was observed for 180 days, which is approximately 6 months.
“When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.” (Est 1:4)
After this celebration with the people, he decided to have a special revelry with those living in the palace where he lives, those who have been accommodating people from far and near, those who had little time for themselves during those days of festivities, he decided to acknowledge their worth and set aside another seven days to rejoice with them.
“And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace.” (Est 1:5)
This obviously shows the kind of person this king is, he is a king that knows and appreciates little things, he perhaps could be the judge Jesus was referring to in the book of Luke 18 when Jesus was talking to his disciples of the need to always pray without ceasing.
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
“Saying, there was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:” (Luk 18:1-2)
I said this because throughout the wordings in this book we cannot find a place where God was referenced, either little of Yahweh.
It shows that the king living in his splendor has no reason for acknowledging neither referencing any God because everything was working for him as he pleases, but despite this, he has time for his servants, for those working under him, for those supporting his kingship for those who make things work perfectly and normally in the kingdom, he has time for them, he values and references them.
Poll 1: Leadership
Everyone of us occupies a rulership position at a time or another, no one is a perpetual servant. If you do not occupy rulership position in your work places, at least you do among your family members, because either you like it or not there are people looking upward to you, they may be your siblings, wife, husband or children.
These people believe in your leadership, and are supporting you, you thence need to set aside sometimes to be acknowledging them, appreciating their loyalty to you, their belief in you.
This king continues to enjoy with his servants in Shushan and on the seventh day, when he became merry, he wanted to honor his wife, he wanted the people to know that his wife has been supportive of all he was doing and wanted her to show forth herself.
He thence sent for the woman, Vashti his queen to come and show her beauty and splendor but the queen would not come out, the queen turned down the offer of the king because she was equally attending to women in her quarter.
“Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
“On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
“To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.
“But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.” (Est 1:9-12)
King Ahasuerus was angry for what his queen did, and the anger reflected on his face. This prompted the chiefs beside him to tell him that what the queen did was not only a slap on the face of the King, but a slap on the face of all men, for sooner than expected the wives of men within his kingdom would start misbehaving if what Queen Vashti did was not properly addressed.
“And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
“For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.
“Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.” (Est 1:16-18)
They told the king what her should do, and their counsel is that the Queen be replaced.
“If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she.
“And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan.” (Est 1:19 & 21)
The king reasoned along with his chiefs but wouldn’t want to do anything in haste, he thence gave it time before he acted.
“After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.” (Est 2:1)
Whenever anyone makes us angry, we should learn to give it time before reacting to what the person has done, because if we reacted to what he has done immediately we may do what is wrong, but when we give it time, we would have thought about what we want to do over and over before carrying it out.
Order For Replacement
King Ahasuerus gave the order that virgins be looked for him within the kingdom to be married to, to replace his queen who has failed to honor him, yea his kingdom.
Virgins were gathered from all the nooks and crannies of his kingdom and brought to the person who would screen them and present them to the king.
Among the beautiful virgin maidens gathered to their tutor, the person who will screen them out, was a Jewish lady called Hadassah, that is, Esther.
After the twelve months of screening and purification, Esther was the most favored maiden out of all beautiful damsels screened and brought unto the King.
King Ahasuerus crowned her queen to replace Vashti the queen that failed to honor him.
“And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.” (Est 2:17)
It would be of interest to know that this maiden, Esther, was brought up by her uncle, Mordechai, because her parents had died. Esther’s uncle told her that she should not disclose her identity to people. And what her uncle told her she followed to letters.
“Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.” (Est 2:20)
The Promotion of Haman
After the crowning of the new queen, and the completion of the investigation made into those who want to kill the king, with the report submitted to the king and the judgment passed on those people, King Ahasuerus decided to promote Haman, he made him the chief of all the chiefs in his kingdom.
“After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.” (Est 3:1)
The position is a special one, and everyone within and without the palace knows it, thus, people were paying obeisance to Haman for the new status he has assumed. He was the King’s right-hand man, he was the next in command to the King. Whatever he says stands, and other difficult decisions he would take to the king for approval, and he sure knows that the King would approve such because of his status.
Haman after assuming this new position, and knowing that whatever he says stands, whatever he does cannot be questioned, he becomes proud.
Haman fails to take note of this in his life, and he was full of pride as time goes on, wanting everyone within the palace circumference to pay obeisance to him.
As the members of staff (servants) within the palace circuits were paying obeisance to him it was discovered that one of them wasn’t bowing to greet him like others, and the person who wasn’t bowing to greet him was called to order by his colleagues, but he wouldn’t bulged, therefore, those people took his case to the chief, Haman, directly to know what would be decided on him.
When they told him about the man, he asked who the man was and what was his basis for not paying obeisance to him as others, and he was told that he said he couldn’t do that because he was a Jew.
“And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.
“Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
“Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.” (Est 3:2-4)
Haman became furious, because the person in question wasn’t even an indigene of the land, but a slave, one of the hostages carried into the land from Israel was the person who couldn’t pay obeisance to him.