In the book of Esther, we find what sounds like the title line from a front-page newspaper article: Jewish orphan girl wins beauty contest, marries king, and saves her people from genocide. But that’s exactly what happens. Esther saved the Jewish people from destruction, protecting the line of the future Savior, Jesus Christ. She was selected in a beauty pageant to become queen to the Persian King Xerxes. However, a wicked court official, Haman, plotted to have all the Jews murdered.
Esther’s uncle Mordecai convinced her to approach the king and tell him the truth. The tables quickly turned when Haman was hanged on the gallows (some say he was impaled) meant for Mordecai. The royal order was overridden, and Mordecai won Haman’s job. Esther stepped out in courage, proving God can save his people even when the odds seem impossible.