Some theologians argued whether the book of Esther should be included in the Canon because of three things:
- No mention of God
- No mention of Temple
- No mention of Prophet
And some points against Esther & the hero of the entire book, and together with her cousin, the Master mind for all these, who together became the joint heroes who saved the whole nation of Israel.
The idea that Esther and Mordecai may be questionable characters in the book of Esther, is picking the minor and neglecting the major, which is the narrative that they together saved the entire nation of Israel. They may not be Moses, but definitely in a smaller way, like Moses, because Esther called for a fast, and risked her life to approach the most powerful King on earth at that time, King Xerxes of Persia, to press case and plead with the King about the plight of her people the Jews who were about to be annihilated by an evil high power official in the kingdom of Persia, Haman. This may not be exodus, but a smaller scale, it is!
Esther hid her identity as Jewish as instructed by her mentor, uncle, Mordecai. She rose up to the occasion when Haman was breathing down the throats of the Jews. Haman by the way is an Agagite, a descendent of the Amalekite, who was forever the enemy of Israel. God instructed Saul to kill all the Amalekites, but Saul disobeyed and left a remnant behind, and Haman is a product of that, much to the snare of Israel.
There was not much mention about Mordecai’s life at all, all we hear is that he loved the nation of Israel. I would definitely agree that even God was not explicitly mentioned in the book of Esther, implicitly God’s hands were all over the incidents and the plot of the whole book. I mean the whole starting point of this turnaround from the pit of eminent destruction of the nation of Israel under the Persian King, was incidentally Mordecai overheard some plots of some guards who plotted to assassinate the King. And Mordecai reported that to Esther, who was a concubine/wife to King Xerxes. And because of that the plotters were arrested and killed; the king’s life was saved by Mordecai. And in the years later, the King couldn’t sleep one night and asked the officials to open up the record book and read to him this history, and he found out about this man Mordechai who saved his life but forgotten. With that, he went ahead to honor Mordecai publicly and essentially made him the second man, overtaking Haman.
Now my question is how on earth did that plot happen, and how did Mordecai get to know that? If you don’t think there is a hidden hand of God working silently, you are wrong! That can’t be a coincidence. The supernatural transcendent hand of God is working powerfully to save his people. God is faithful to his covenant with Israel, and he won’t let the enemies wipe them out.
Then Esther approached King Xerxes uninvited, and by Persian palace rules, anyone who does that without heads-up or being invited, he or she can be killed by the Kings command, but as it turns out, of course, King Xerxes reached out his hands and was pleased with Esther and offered her even half of the kingdom . That reaching out of hands by King Xerxes is a miracle of God in itself. Things began to turn. And eventually, the King hung Haman, the evil man, and exalted Mordecai to the highest official in the nation.
And Mordecai and Esther together reversed all the evil plots to kill the people of Jews in Persia at that time, an in fact, Jews were strengthened by the new decree from the King for self-defense and even killing their enemies etc. Do you think thats all human work & luck??? If you do, think again! And the occasion that turned the tide is called Purim, which is still celebrated to these days. In the same way, do you think God is silent in your life now? If so, think again!
The Providence of God is obvious in the book of Esther, and His faithfulness is amazing. To God be the glory.
Finally today that we live in an age also like Esther because God seems to be silent but working powerfully behind the scenes. I would agree but also disagree. The bible says “In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit, and all men shall see visions and dream dreams:
Acts 2 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams….
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
God is anything but quiet in our end time. God is actively speaking through our dreams, visions, and mostly importantly is the Bible, the word of God being preached, the word of God in our time of meditation.
Luke 4 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[f]
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Jesus has come into this world to proclaim good news to the poor, proclaim freedom for the prisoners (emotional, spiritual, physical), recovery sight for the blind (physical, spiritual), to set the oppressed free, who said God is quiet in our days?
Our God is zealous, and He will be glorified in our lives.