Esther 2:8-11 "Esther Is Taken To Susa"

Over the weekend we said goodbye to 2021 and we welcomed in 2022. Each of us may have a vision of how we would like to see things go for us in this new year. But the reality is we do not really know what may happen to us in the next 365 days. Some of us may have a pretty normal experience in 2022 and there will be others who will face unexpected events that will take us in a direction that we may never have seen coming.

That is exactly what had happened to Esther in our text today. She woke up one morning thinking that her life would look one way, but when the decree of the king came everything changed. Immediately she was taken from her home, from her family, from everything that she was comfortable with and she was taken to the palace along with hundreds of other young ladies.

Since we took a week off from the book of Esther for Christmas it will be beneficial if we would remind ourselves of the context of our text today. A couple of weeks ago we looked at Esther 2:5-7. This is what we read,

Now there was a Jew in Susa the citadel whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjaminite, who had been carried away from Jerusalem among the captives carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away. He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.

As this story begins and already we discover that Esther has had some struggles in life. Esther is a young Jewish girl whose family had been taken away from their homes and brought to a huge Gentile city called Susa. And we discover that she was growing up without her parents.

As I consider these events concerning Esther’s life I am reminded of something that Charles Spurgeon said when he spoke about how difficult things can be for young people. He says, “We have heard persons talk of the days of childhood as the happiest in mortal life, but we do not agree with them: the sorrows of childhood take a very great toll on the little ones.” Spurgeon then goes on to say, “Childhood in grace is by no means our best time either; for its trials, though less in themselves, are greater to our weakness and rawness of mind.

Every parent here can testify to the fact that our children, even the ones growing up in a fairly stable environment, experience things that overwhelm them. And all of us who have been around new believers can testify that they experience great trials in their new faith that can be a real challenge for them to deal with and overcome.

Esther has experienced both tragedies and comforts in her short life. And God has used all of these things to prepare her for the challenges that she will soon face. These things are meant to produce godly character, godly hope, maturity, patience, trust in God and other graces in us. We will see that Esther has had many of these things developed in her.

Spurgeon said, “Childhood in grace is by no means our best time; for its trials, though less in themselves, are greater to our weakness and rawness of mind.”. If this sentence is true and it is applied to Esther then we would have to say that the trials of her childhood were less than what the trials are that lie ahead for her. And to consider this fact is truly sobering. As a child these trials took advantage of her weakness and rawness of mind, but they also were used by God prepare her for what we see her going through in this book and in our text today. As we come to our text we see that Esther’s past has equipped her for the challenges that lay ahead. God is always working in the events we are experiencing to perfect our faith and trust in Him. He has always been about the business of preparing us for what lies ahead. This should encourage any of us who will experience hardships, trials and unexpected events in 2022.

Our text this week is Esther 2:8-11,

So when the king's order and his edict were proclaimed, and when many young women were gathered in Susa the citadel in custody of Hegai, Esther also was taken into the king's palace and put in custody of Hegai, who had charge of the women. And the young woman pleased him and won his favor. And he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her portion of food, and with seven chosen young women from the king's palace, and advanced her and her young women to the best place in the harem. Esther had not made known her people or kindred, for Mordecai had commanded her not to make it known. And every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening to her.