Archeology fully supports the Book of Esther. King Xerxes of Persia. Pop Culture is ~ Wrong. These are archaeology King Xerxes, from his age.
1 Peter 1:10-20
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you.
A surprise. If we are holy, we are to be not purveyors of Righteousness, but rather to serve. A leader is a servant.
We are not supposed to be come so accustomed to the Word of God, we are to be far from being complacent about salvation. When we read the Word of God, we should not be able to skip portions for head nodding.
Who else faced the end times? The Persian Empire were& ethnically Medes, Babylonians, or Parthians. Taking over where Alexander the Great, mentioned by Ezekiel, stopped. Ezekiel said Alexander would bow to the High Priest of God for being God's representative on earth after Alexander had made the island of Tyre joined to the mainland by a vast earth bridge, forever. Upon completion of the earthen bridge, Alexander would complete the journey by bowing to the Jewish High Priest, learning a Jew had told of Alexander's conquest of Tyre 300 years prior.
Also out of the culture, the Jews were in severe trouble who had decided to remain part of the Babylonian Culture instead of returning to Israel. The end of time was a hand. They needed someone who would believe God. Esther was precariously placed.
A 19th-century Christian pilgrim offered her own insight on the effectual significance of the tomb of Esther and the 2,700-year-old Persian Jewish community guarding this tomb : “Beside the tomb of Esther the lowly race she saved have kept loving watch through all the weary ages. More wonderful than any ancient monument are these Jews themselves, lineal descendants, in blood and faith, of the tribes of Israel.”
Some have circumstances of God compelling them.
14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” 17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.
Silver plate bearing the Name King Ahasuerus 465 -425 B.C. as the Iron Age Began. Empires crumbled as the Bronze Age ended.
King Ahasuerus Cuneiform
Forgive me for the times I have breezed over You Word. Thank You for the opportunity to bring the Word of God from my thoughts to these Posts.
Truthfully, there is not a day that goes by where I am not in awe of Your Glories. And I know I talk to You almost constantly. Thank You for the Grace of Jesus, allowing us, who believe Jesus, the access without fail, to come to You as we pray.
We remember You are God. And as Esther became Queen because King Ahasuerus had imbibed. And in the joy of remembering, You sweep all things to You; as Peter reminds us to be sober-minded. We acknowledge, we know God works through all people. The Glory of God does not say He came to save the well-behaved, the Glory of God exists to Love people who are loving. God wants to be available for all - to save the world. We surely know God wants us to be loving.
We require the Mercy of God when King Ahasuerus is remembered in videos, games and movies like "The 300" as being a creature of evil. And is forgotten for being young, human man, seeking to rule wisely. The Rescuer of the Jews. A hurt husband, a loving husband, a husband who would create a tomb for himself and his Esther, we could visit today. A witness to the power of Love in vastly different cultures. Even today where the tombs are found. We require the humility of not knowing what another life holds. The balance available in God's Word.
And we require the diligent searching of Scripture with earnest thoughts and eyes, ready to be renewed and not complacent. We require Jesus, a Savior.
For Your's is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory. Jesus our bridge to His Plans for a Hope and a Future. Jesus, our God, we always need more than He could ever need us. We cover the ones we love and the people You have given us, hoping to Lift Your Countenance in Joy, as You cover us with the Name of Jesus. Help us each day. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †