Esther may have been noticed first because of her outward beauty. But in contrast to Queen Vashti, Queen Esther had a beauty that ran deeper: her humility in obeying her uncle even after she rose to power and of course, her courage in risking her life in order to save her people.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands. ~1 Peter 3:3-5Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; But a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. ~ Proverbs 31:30
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lorddoes not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ~1 Samuel 16:7
This is actually not (necessarily) going to be a study on beauty or about wives submitting to husbands. Rather, it’s going to be another nerd session (similar to “Relating Like Ruth”) that highlights the chiasms of the book of Esther.
[What? I can’t help it, I’m a woman. I’m going to have to get through all of the awesome women in the Bible eventually 🙂 ]