The Book of Esther – Movie Review

Persia 482 B.C. – Hadassah is talking with her uncle, Mordecai. He had a strange dream. He describes it to her. “Behold, there were earthquakes upon the earth, and in time, two great dragons came forth, ready to fight against one another. And at their cry, all nations were stirred up to fight against the Nation of the Just, and the Nation of the Just was prepared for death. But, the Nation of the Just cried out to the Lord, and as they were crying, the little spring grew into a great river, and abound into many waters. The sun rose up and the humble were exalted, and they defeated the haughty!”  God will reveal the meaning, in His time.

The Book of EstherUncle makes Hadassah promise never to reveal that she is a Jew from  the Tribe of Benjamin. He changes her name to Esther; a proper name for a proper Persian girl. He will be called, Teacher.

Esther, the grown woman.

King Xerxes is the king, he passes by Esther’s home. She and Teacher are talking inside. He’s going to the royal banquet to honor the king and queen. Esther envies the queen. She wishes to be married. Teacher will find her a suitable match, someday. Until then, patience.

Mordecai and Esther

Mordecai and Esther in their home

At the royal banquet, Mordecai, the Jew, is there. Lord Haman and Azada also. Haman has an issue with Jews. They bicker.

King Xerxes arrives. They celebrate the anniversary of his ascension to the throne. They feast and drink.  Queen Vashti isn’t there.

There are rumors and threats circulating throughout the kingdom against the king, which Xerxes is unaware of.

Jacob and Judith are married with children but she doesn’t love her husband. Judith and Esther are friends.

Queen Vashti remains absent from the celebration. The guests, nobles and advisors, chat about her as the King’s guard, Sardar, eavesdrops. “Why is she not there?”

Sardar reports the chatter about the queen’s absence. King Xerxes orders Queen Vashti to join them. And dance for them. Sardar, Commander of His Majesty’s Royal Army, talks to the queen. She is to dress appropriately with jewels and gown and dance at the celebration. The King commands!

Queen Vashti

Queen Vashti

Queen Vashti refuses! Even after Sardar begs on one knee. Sardar reports to the King. “She’s not in the mood for dancing.”

“This is Treason you speak against the queen,” King Xerxes declares.

“It is not Treason Your Magesty, but truth.”

King Xerxes commands angrily, “Queen Vashti be removed from the palace at once, and I decree that my marriage to her is null and void!”

Judith brings Esther the terrible news! The King’s marriage is dissolved. Judith is a gossip. She’s on her way to her next friend to share the chatter.

The close advisors begin to scheme. Lord Haman has a young daughter he wishes to be wed to the king.

Esther and Teacher celebrate the Sabbath in the Jewish custom. They light the Sabbath candles.

Gaspar, the eunich, addresses the King

Gaspar and Lord Haman before the King

Gaspar, the eunich, addresses the King, look to your Nobles and Advisors for a queen since a queen has not been found elsewhere.

More than half of the king’s counselors are eunichs. They’re at a definite disadvantage for offspring.

Zara, daughter of Lord Haman, is suitable for marriage.

Mordecai, having never been married, offers the orphan girl he is the guardian, also. She is obedient, modest as she is beautiful.

The King commands the daughters of Persia be brought to the palace at the time of his choosing and presented to him for his royal perusal. Then he will find a new queen.

Mordecai tells Esther she’s to marry the King of Persia. But, first she must compete.

As Esther prays, God calls, “Hadassah, Hadassah. It is I. Because I am with you, you shall not be harmed, for I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. There will come for you a time to keep silent, and a time for you to speak, for in all things shall I be glorified.”

Lord Haman fears his daughter, Zara, is not beautiful enough to win the King’s heart. If she loses the contest, he will disown her.

Zara covers her face

Zara covers her face before the King

Esther and Mordecai go to the palace. The girls of Persia present themselves one by one before the king, as he sits board.

Zara’s face is covered as she steps before the King.

It’s Esther’s turn. She introduces herself. “My name is Esther, Your Magesty.” Mordecai says, “that a virtuous wife is more precious than rubies.”

Esther and Zara make the final cut. They are escorted to the King’s chamber awaiting further instructions.  In secret, the King eavesdrops  as the two ladies talk. Zara fears banishment from her family if the king does not choose her, banishment into the streets. Esther promises her a grand job in the palace if she is chosen. Esther also tells her she’s beautiful. All as the King watches and listens, secretly.

The King made his choice. “Summon Mordecai and Haman.” He chooses Esther. She keeps her promise to Zara. He places a crown on her head. Issues a royal proclamation, “Let the word go forth that Esther is my queen. Prepare a feast and declare a holiday!”

Haman plots war on Mordecai.

Esther and King

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

The King and Esther begin to get to know one another.

Sardar and Teres talk, both guards in the King’s army. They feel Persia is growing soft. The King is foolish. Sardar wishes to seize the crown. They strike at midnight. “Prepare the men,” Sardar orders. Mordecai overhears the conversation.

Lord Haman talks to the King. He wishes to be Prime Minister, have people bow down to him. The position requires that respect.

Mordecai enters the King’s chamber, as well. He reports what he heard. King Xerxes sends for Sardar and Teres.

Haman continues to scheme against the King and Mordecai and the Jews.

Esther and the King are now married.

Haman tries to trick the King into killing all the Jews in his kingdom.

Judith brings bad news to Esther. Mordecai sent her. Lord Haman convinced your husband to destroy all the Jews. On the 13th of the month, all the Jews will be put to death, including you.

Mordecai wants Esther to go to the King and beg for mercy and plead for our people. Esther says she cannot go in unsummoned.

Mordecai’s response, “There is a time to remain silent and a time to speak, but if you remain silent now, you and your people will perish. Is it not possible that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther pleades with her husband

Fast for me, people of Persia

She wants all the Jews of Persia to fast for her. They shall not eat or drink for three days, day or night. Esther will do the same. Then she will go to the King. “If I perish, I perish.”

Three days later, Esther tells Azada to take her to the King, against his warnings.

Esther goes before her husband. She invites him and Lord Haman to a banquet the following evening to make her request known. Only the King, Haman, and Esther will be there.

The banquet, her request, “Grant me my life and spare my people, for this is my request.”

“Who has threatened your life?” the King asks.

“Lord Haman.”

“Tomorrow at noon, I will hear testimony,” the King orders. Azada spreads the word.

The next day. They hear the case against the Jewish people.  Haman presents his evidence, again.

Mordecai defends the Jews.

Esther speaks on behalf of Mordecai.

Lord Haman

Lord Haman

King Xerxes finds Mordecai and the Jewish people innocent of Treason. He sentences Lord Haman to death for Treason.

Haman had a gallows already built for Mordecai; it is used for Haman.

Mordecai is the new Prime Minister.

King Xerxes orders, “These events shall be recorded in history. And hence forth forever this will be, for the Jews, a time of joy and happiness, and let it be written that it is Queen Esther who saved her people from the villain, Haman.

A banquet is commanded.

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

The End.

This was an interesting book of the bible, The Book of Esther. From the old testament.

I’d say, the King got his wish, wouldn’t you?

Hope you enjoyed it.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

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