Focus Verse: For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.’ (17)
How we conduct ourselves can influence how others conduct themselves. We ought to make sure our conduct is good so our influence will be positive.
Focus Verse: Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. (17)
God allowed Esther to find favor with Hegai and with everyone who saw her. Out of the many women who were trying to become the next queen, God allowed King Xerxes to like Esther more than anyone else. Esther may not have understood why she was chosen, but as we will read in subsequent chapters, God knew what He was up to.
Focus Verse: Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. (17)
In this chapter, the woman signifies Israel. The child the woman gives birth to is Jesus the Christ. And the dragon is Satan. The dragon’s tail sweeps a third of the stars out of the sky and throws them to earth (verse 4), because when Satan was thrown out of Heaven, he took a third of the angels with him.
Since Satan was unsuccessful in destroying Christ, he has now turned his attention to all those who obey God’s commands and hold fast to their faith. The only way that Satan can hurt Christ is by snatching as many of His followers as he can and by preventing those who are not yet followers from becoming so. Satan is waging war against us everyday. This is why we are warned to be alert and of sober mind, because our adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking to devour us.