The Multiple Fathers of Esther

I was thinking about fatherhood in our society today when something inside me made me think about the biblical story of Esther.  The book of Esther is the story of a young Jewish orphan girl who suddenly found herself in the courts of the most powerful King in the known world.  Through the favor of God, Esther made her way to the top position a woman could hold, in this society, and that was the position of Queen.  As a result of her position she was able to influence the King and save the entire Jewish people from certain genocide.

 

What does this have to do with fatherhood?  I asked the same question, until I went back and read the entire account of the book of Esther.

 

Esther was a young Jewish girl who found herself as an orphan after her parents died.  She was raised by her uncle Mordecai and went with him when the Jewish people were taken into exile in the Babylonian empire.  There they found themselves under the rule of the most powerful man in the known world King Xerxes.

 

Xerxes was prone to extravagant parties and was known as a very proud and intolerant man.  He depended on his personal advisors and wise men to rule his kingdom.  He would not take no for an answer and his word was final and irrevocable.  It was because of this inability to hear the word no that Queen Vashti, Xerxes wife, fell from his grace and a sudden search for her replacement brought Esther to the courts of King Xerxes. 

Once in the Kings courts Esther came under the control of a repulsive old man by the name of Hegai, she was threatened by the power hungry and abusive Haman, and was constantly directed by her uncle the protective Mordecai.

 

As I read the account of Esther, it struck me that these were the key male players in the story.  As I analyzed each of these roles, it became apparent, to me, that each played a type of father role to this orphaned girl.  Each, in their own way, was part of God’s plan for the Jewish people of Esther’s time, and each are exhibited in our world today.

 

Over the next few days or weeks, we will be exploring these father types and looking at how they are exhibited in our world today.  You will be challenged to look inside yourself to see if there is any part of each within you.  If so, perhaps you will be moved to seek a change in your life that may change how you approach you role as a father.

Join me as we follow Esther’s journey through the courts of King Xerxes.   

En servicio como padre

Dave

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