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Esther: The Girl Who Won the Beauty Pageant (14 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
The book of Esther has become famous for two reasons. Although the record is included in the canon of Holy Scripture, God was never mentioned by Mordecai, the author. Reasons for the omission are debatable, for there were many occasions when the writer could easily have referred to the Almighty. Throughout the history of the Hebrew nation God's protecting hand was never more evident than in the deliverance wrought through the ingenuity and courage of a Hebrew girl.
Secondly, the book is unique in that, as far as is known, it describes the first beauty pageant in history. The modern world has become accustomed to occasions when young ladies from many nations compete for the honor of becoming Miss Universe, and the amazing spectacle is televised around the world. The drama and excitement deepen when, by a process of elimination, the competitors decrease in number until only a few stand before the international audience. Ultimately the winner is named, and the new queen is crowned. Every year the spectacle is watched by millions of people who do not know the first and greatest pageant was arranged in Susa or Shushan, the ancient capital of the Elamite empire which was situated in the country now called Iran. The winner of that contest was destined to reign-not for twelve months, but for the rest of her life over an empire which reached "...from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces" (Esther 1:1). The girl who won that beauty competition could not have known that her name was to become famous throughout the world. She was destined to become the instrument of Jehovah, the unseen God, who planned and directed her every movement.
The Royal Refusal... Unprecedented
"The king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven da ...
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