Influence of a King

I would recommend this novel to anyone who seeks to understand the higher purpose for their lives. Our personal gains spur us to fulfill our desires and make the world better – for us. When our desires have been met and our world is what we dreamt of, there is still a persisting gaping void and restlessness which permeates our lives and cause us to ask the question, is this all that life is about?
No, it is not! Our existence should be driven by goals that are higher than our personal goals. Esther went to the palace because she believed that there was a higher goal. Her service and love for others over personal fulfillment was tested when she had to go to the king despite the damning consequences on her life. For this, her name is forever remembered and treasured.

From an Orphan to a Queen; Esther has had a great impact on my life. From the Mordecais – the helpers of destiny that I have asked God to bring my way; the realization that the spouse I have, is who I have prayed for; teaching my children the word of God, so that the word remains in their hearts long after they are not within my direct influence; the inner strength to go through tough times, and an overwhelming surrender to the will of God.

Let God who made us the way we are, do what He wants to do with us, to fulfill His own purpose. Interestingly, His own purpose is always the best for us. We may choose to berate God for the circumstances which we have no control over but these circumstances do not limit God.
Let us spend quality time before God to seek His purpose for our lives. It is not the absence of difficulties that brings peace and fulfillment, but the knowledge of who we are.

I set limits to the character plot. I did not to give significant quotes or actions to characters that did not have bearing within the biblical context.

I also did not want to be held back by common opinions. If the facts are there, that is the direction I would move. For instance, regarding the disparity between Darius in the book of Daniel, and Ahasuerus in the book of Esther; Ahasuerus meaning the mighty or venerable king, was a title of certain Persian kings. The name Darius is therefore regarded as a given name.

While secular history postulates, that the Hebrew name Ahasuerus is equivalent to the Greek name Xerxes, and the Old Persian name, Khshayarsha. The Dake’s Annotated argues that the Ahasuerus in the book of Esther could not be the same as Xerxes, as the events of the book of Esther had to take place, much earlier than Xerxes’s reign.

It is true that my writing is influenced by my love for poetry. It has texture and descriptive emphasis that provides visual enhancement of the written text. It is my desire to give my readers full interaction with the characters on display. I am pleased to state that those who have read From an Orphan to a Queen: Esther, find it attention grabbing and easy to read.

It had to do with the timing of Esther’s story. She lived in a period that God had earmarked for a purpose. Taking Esther’s story out of that timeline, and the prophesied 70 years bondage of the Israelites was just not possible.
She got married to the king as a young maiden and at a time when Israel had already borne half of the prophesied bondage years.

The Bible confidently states that during the third year reign of King Darius he took over Babylon and three years after, he searched for a queen. There were twelve months of purification for the young virgins. By the seventh year, Esther was married to Darius. (Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible).

While recorded Persian history is eclectic, recorded Babylonian history is somewhat stable. I began the story plot from the Babylonian angle, with emphasis on the chronological facts. It is a fact that Nabopolassar ruled Babylon till 605BC. I therefore, did the extrapolation of the seventy years servitude from the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion of Jerusalem (Dan. 1:1-2).

The fact is that Esther was the young and beautiful wife of Darius the Mede of Dan 5; and the mother of Cyrus, the commander of the Persian Armies which took Babylon at the end of the 70 years servitude. This Darius (the father of Cyrus) reigned 35 years, 33 of which were during the later part of the 70 years of servitude of Israel to Babylon. This fits into all the historical facts about Mordecai being carried away captive with Jehoiachin as a very young man. It was possible that he lived through the entire captivity. He could easily have been the Mordecai of Ezra 2:2, Neh 7:7. Some of the Jews did live through the servitude and returned to see the foundation of the temple laid. (Ezra 3:12)- Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible (Page 851 c2, 1999 Large Print Ed).
That Cyrus is Esther’s son is a revelation of great enormity, particularly, as his name is splattered in prophesies, as the one who would bring an end to the years of bondage.

About 200 years before the birth of Cyrus, Isaiah the Prophet spoke out of Palestine saying: That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, thy foundation shall be laid.- The Prophet Isaiah and Jerusalem (8th – 7th Centuries BCE);

http://jeru.huji.ac.il/eb331.htm .

The inspiration to write the Biblical story of Esther came when I was very young. I had watched the movie; The Ten Commandments and then searched the Bible to compare the scriptures with the facts in the movie. Someone had reenacted the story of Moses, and given us a treasure of enlightenment. From this point, I wondered what the everyday life and times of other bible characters would have been like. I had a stirring to write on the story of Esther- I read up the facts as contained in secular history and compared this with Bible data. Satisfied, I began writing.

 

From an Orphan to a Queen: Esther

I would recommend this novel to anyone who seeks to understand the higher purpose for their lives. Our personal gains spur us to fulfill our desires and make the world better – for us. When our desires have been met and our world is what we dreamt of, there is still a persisting gaping void and restlessness which permeates our lives and cause us to ask the question, is this all that life is about?
No, it is not! Our existence should be driven by goals that are higher than our personal goals. Esther went to the palace because she believed that there was a higher goal. Her service and love for others over personal fulfillment was tested when she had to go to the king despite the damning consequences on her life. For this, her name is forever remembered and treasured.

From an Orphan to a Queen; Esther has had a great impact on my life. From the Mordecais – the helpers of destiny that I have asked God to bring my way; the realization that the spouse I have, is who I have prayed for; teaching my children the word of God, so that the word remains in their hearts long after they are not within my direct influence; the inner strength to go through tough times, and an overwhelming surrender to the will of God.

Let God who made us the way we are, do what He wants to do with us, to fulfill His own purpose. Interestingly, His own purpose is always the best for us. We may choose to berate God for the circumstances which we have no control over but these circumstances do not limit God.
Let us spend quality time before God to seek His purpose for our lives. It is not the absence of difficulties that brings peace and fulfillment, but the knowledge of who we are.

I set limits to the character plot. I did not to give significant quotes or actions to characters that did not have bearing within the biblical context.

I also did not want to be held back by common opinions. If the facts are there, that is the direction I would move. For instance, regarding the disparity between Darius in the book of Daniel, and Ahasuerus in the book of Esther; Ahasuerus meaning the mighty or venerable king, was a title of certain Persian kings. The name Darius is therefore regarded as a given name.

While secular history postulates, that the Hebrew name Ahasuerus is equivalent to the Greek name Xerxes, and the Old Persian name, Khshayarsha. The Dake’s Annotated argues that the Ahasuerus in the book of Esther could not be the same as Xerxes, as the events of the book of Esther had to take place, much earlier than Xerxes’s reign.

It is true that my writing is influenced by my love for poetry. It has texture and descriptive emphasis that provides visual enhancement of the written text. It is my desire to give my readers full interaction with the characters on display. I am pleased to state that those who have read From an Orphan to a Queen: Esther, find it attention grabbing and easy to read.

It had to do with the timing of Esther’s story. She lived in a period that God had earmarked for a purpose. Taking Esther’s story out of that timeline, and the prophesied 70 years bondage of the Israelites was just not possible.
She got married to the king as a young maiden and at a time when Israel had already borne half of the prophesied bondage years.

The Bible confidently states that during the third year reign of King Darius he took over Babylon and three years after, he searched for a queen. There were twelve months of purification for the young virgins. By the seventh year, Esther was married to Darius. (Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible).

While recorded Persian history is eclectic, recorded Babylonian history is somewhat stable. I began the story plot from the Babylonian angle, with emphasis on the chronological facts. It is a fact that Nabopolassar ruled Babylon till 605BC. I therefore, did the extrapolation of the seventy years servitude from the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion of Jerusalem (Dan. 1:1-2).

The fact is that Esther was the young and beautiful wife of Darius the Mede of Dan 5; and the mother of Cyrus, the commander of the Persian Armies which took Babylon at the end of the 70 years servitude. This Darius (the father of Cyrus) reigned 35 years, 33 of which were during the later part of the 70 years of servitude of Israel to Babylon. This fits into all the historical facts about Mordecai being carried away captive with Jehoiachin as a very young man. It was possible that he lived through the entire captivity. He could easily have been the Mordecai of Ezra 2:2, Neh 7:7. Some of the Jews did live through the servitude and returned to see the foundation of the temple laid. (Ezra 3:12)- Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible (Page 851 c2, 1999 Large Print Ed).
That Cyrus is Esther’s son is a revelation of great enormity, particularly, as his name is splattered in prophesies, as the one who would bring an end to the years of bondage.

About 200 years before the birth of Cyrus, Isaiah the Prophet spoke out of Palestine saying: That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, thy foundation shall be laid.- The Prophet Isaiah and Jerusalem (8th – 7th Centuries BCE);

http://jeru.huji.ac.il/eb331.htm .

The inspiration to write the Biblical story of Esther came when I was very young. I had watched the movie; The Ten Commandments and then searched the Bible to compare the scriptures with the facts in the movie. Someone had reenacted the story of Moses, and given us a treasure of enlightenment. From this point, I wondered what the everyday life and times of other bible characters would have been like. I had a stirring to write on the story of Esther- I read up the facts as contained in secular history and compared this with Bible data. Satisfied, I began writing.