Esther 2:12-18 - Esther Becomes Queen

Our text this morning is found in Esther 2:12-18. It says,

Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments for women— when the young woman went in to the king in this way, she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the harem to the king's palace. In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second harem in custody of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch, who was in charge of the concubines. She would not go in to the king again, unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name.

When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king's eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the king gave a great feast for all his officials and servants; it was Esther's feast. He also granted a remission of taxes to the provinces and gave gifts with royal generosity.

Our text can be divided up into four main parts.

  1. The women went through a year long beautifying process

  2. Each woman goes in to see the king

  3. Esther is taken to see the king

  4. The king makes Esther queen

The Women Went Through A Beautifying Process

Esther 2:12-14 explains the details that these women were subjected to in this process. Let’s read Esther 2:12 again and make a few observations. It says, “Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments for women…

Notice the phrase ‘to go in to King Ahasuerus’. This is a phrase that is repeated five tines in our text. For example,

  • Verse 12 - Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus

  • Verse 13 - ...when the young woman went in to the king in this way

  • Verse 14 -In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second harem in custody of Shaashgaz

  • Verse 14 - She would not go in to the king again, unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name.

  • Verse 15 - When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king...

The verb ‘to go into’ or ‘to enter’ is full of implications. For example, these words can be used within a godly context like we see in Ruth or it can be used in an ungodly context like we see with David.

  • Ruth 4:13So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.

  • 2 Samuel 11:4So David sent messengers and took her (Bathsheba), and she came to him, and he lay with her...Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant.