Summary: Some romance, some violence, a lot of action and has a plot that contains more twists than Downton Abbey. The main characteristics of the story of Esther in one word is REVERSAL...
I don’t like sweets, this is one unfortunate handicap for a pastor. While visiting people, I found myself in a difficult position: somewhere between accepting that sweet treat, a piece of cake or sugary dink and force myself to swallow. Or to refuse and look like a health freek more interested in my well being than in being polite.
But they are some exceptions. For example the Pineapple upside-down cake. The upside-down cake was always one of my favorites. The soft-textured yellowy cake covered with round slices of pineapples swimming in rich caramel syrup with … cherries set in each center - delighted both my eyes & mouth. And I still fascinated by the mystery of it.
Upside-down cakes are one of life's mysteries. That which we normally expect to be on the top ends up on the bottom. And what is typically found on the bottom, rises to the top. I always wondered about that while eating the up-side down cake. This isn't the way it's supposed to be! I thought. But it sure looks good. And tastes great!
In the days of Queen Esther, the Medo-Persian Empire was like an upside-down cake. The enemies of God's people had hoped to over¬power and destroy them. Those enemies were like the batter of the up-side-down cake that submerged and threatened to eradicate the tasty fruit - God's people. But, by the end of the story the "baking" period ended and, like the cake, the empire was turned right side up to the enjoyment of all.
The story is an amazing spinning of the wheel for all individuals involved in it, and also for the destiny of God chosen people [extrapolate…]..
One of the most exciting stings in all of literature is found in a true story that has been preserved for us in the Bible. It contains some romance and a lot of action and has a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road. If you’re looking for a good story to read this summer, I encourage you to pick up a copy of the Book of Esther.
One of the most notable characteristics of the story of Esther is "reversal." Reversal comes when an action or a state of af¬fairs intended or expected to produce a certain result ironically leads to the exact opposite outcome. The book explicitly states the principle of reversal: "The tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand"…
Furthermore, every major character in the story of Esther experienced some kind of unexpected reversal of fortune.
- Vashti was Ahasuerus's most beautiful queen, a woman of dignity, power, and moral virtue, but she ended as one of the king's untouchable concubines, never to see his face again (1:19).
- Esther was an insignificant orphan who became the celebrated queen of one of the world's most powerful empires (2:7,17).
- The two leading characters, Haman and Mordecai, also experienced reversal. Haman received the king's prestigious signet ring only to have it taken away (Esther 3:10 (quickview) 8:2). He conspired to exterminate the Jews and wound up begging a Jew for his life (Esther 3:6 (quickview) 7:7). After building a gallows to hang Mordecai on, he perished on it him¬self (Esther 5:14 (quickview) 7:10).