It’s often pointed out that God isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther. But we’re invited to see his hand behind the scenes, in the human interactions, principled stands and compromises that lead to the protection of the Jewish people.
It’s all larger than life – I remember a wonderful series of short plays at Spring Harvest a few years ago by the Saltmine Theatre, where they presented the story in great pantomime style as ‘Estherenders’. There’s a real pantomime villain in Haman, and all the fine background of the royal court with the accidental hero, Esther.
it feels as though the heart of the book is in 4:14- ‘Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this’
Esther has found herself in a position of privileged captivity. She didn’t choose to be there, but she is in the right place at the right time. Sometimes this is enough to let us hear the call to act.
In what respects of life am I now in a position with particular opportunities to do good or at least prevent evil? Perhaps it is for such a time as this…