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The Rest of the Story
by Ed Costanza
Esther, the beautiful Jewish wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus and her cousin Mordecai persuade the king to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire. The massacre had been plotted by the king's chief minister, Haman, and the date decided by casting lots.8
But the work of God goes much deeper and farther than the book of Esther records. The book of Esther is just the beginning of the history of God's chosen nation. It begins with the prophecy of Isaiah (41:1-2; 44:24-28; 45:1-13) to send his people back to Israel to restore the temple and settle the land after the 70 years of captivity for the punishment of Israel's sins and to give the land her rest (seven year land rest). Hidden in the books of the bible and revealed through the various prophets God reveals the means He used to raise up Cyrus.
Cyrus is the grandson of King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther. Cambyses, Cyrus' father dies when he is 12 years old. His grandparents (King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther) summon him and his mother (Mandane) to come live with them at the palace. Cyrus is taught by Esther and the King about the laws of God and the prophecies written 150 years before by God through the prophets about him (Cyrus). When the time comes Cyrus king of Persia issues the edict for the Jews to return to Israel: "Isa 44:28 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." Below is the Genealogy of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia and Darius King of the Medes complete with notes and references.
Genealogy of Cyrus the Great and Darius King of the Medes
|(Astyages) King Ahasuerus3||Esther|
|Cyaxares (Darius the Mede)6|