Esther 5:1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, in front of the king’s quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace.
On the third day of the fast, Queen Esther put on her royal robes. Her response to this entire situation reveals that she did everything she could to gain the attention of both God and the Persian king.
- She first told Mordecai to gather all the Jews in Susa and hold a fast (4:16) – which implied offering up prayers to God.
- Now, we see that she made herself look as good as possible so that the king would see her and not be able to take his eyes off her.
In chapter two, she had twelve months to make herself beautiful enough to catch the eye of the king (2:12). But between chapters four and five she only had three days.
Why did she take these steps? Because both her life and the lives of her people depended upon it. As was stated in the last chapter, she risked her own life by presenting herself in the inner court in the presence of the king both unannounced and uninvited.
One can only imagine the stress she must have felt during the time leading up to this moment. After all, when the former Queen Vashti defied the king in chapter one, just nine years earlier (cf. 1:3; 3:7), she ended up losing everything (1:19).
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