Why did the king favor Esther?

Esther Bible Background

06.22.2017 – Old Testament: Esth 5.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Esther 4–6 on June 22, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Esther impressed everyone with her beauty, but when they got to know her, they seemed to favor her even more, including the king. One time she had not seen him for a long time, but she had to approach him to save her people. Anyone who approached him without an invitation from him, received the death penalty.

However, the matter of saving her people pressed upon her and she had to approach the king,

Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!” (Esther 5.1–3). 

The king loved Esther, for although her beauty first captured his attention, eventually he loved the kind of person that she was, and he gladly extended his scepter to her, and then he wanted to grant her wish regardless of the size of her wish, even if it included half the kingdom.

Questions:

  • Which do you favor the most: Outward beauty or inward beauty?
  • Which do you seek to improve the most on yourself?