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From the Front Porch: The Importance of Inner Beauty

2:17 Esther became queen to the King of Persia...

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I’m struck by the Biblical story of Esther. Here she was, a Jew, chosen by the Persian King Ahasuerus to become his wife. The Bible tells us that Esther was “fair and beautiful”. That is, Esther had good looks. That’s really nothing new however. Her predecessor, Queen Vashti was also “beautiful”. But unlike Vashti, Esther had a relationship with God, and it is that difference that determined the fate of the Jews in her day. She had a  humble and a courageous spirit as she risked her life pleading with King Ahasuerus for the lives of her people.

Now, her predecessor, Queen Vashti, was also a beautiful woman.  However, the Bible tells us that she was full of self-indulgent, conceited spirit, which made her unattractive to the king, who later deposed her for failing to come to court when he called her. Snubbing a king is never a good idea even if you happen to be the king’s wife. In Vashti’s case, her refusal to show up at court cost her her life! Note that the King’s decision had nothing to do with Vashti’s looks and everything to do with her attitude.

Esther’s story reminds us that true beauty begins on the inside, for the intentions of the heart dramatically affect how others see us on the outside.

Read the entire story of Esther in the Bible. It is quite a lovely, engaging story. Esther is truly one of the great Old Testament heroines of the faith.

(Picture:  Esther 2:17: Esther became queen to the King of Persia and Media. In this position she was able to defend her people, the Jews, from utter destruction with the help of God. Source Author Creator: Oliver T.)

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  1. Brenda P
    August 23, 2011 at 5:03 am

    …ah the priest is not far from God.

  1. August 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

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