If I were to choose a woman from the Bible who best represents the Ingénue, I would choose Esther. This woman’s story is so dynamic that there is a whole book, named after her and dedicated to telling the details of her life. She was a lovely young lady who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her uncle, Mordecai. When the king set a decree that beautiful young virgins be gathered and brought into his quarters, Esther was chosen and taken from her land. She and the other girls who were collected were given beauty preparations for an entire year. During that time Mordecai kept a close watch on her, and those in charge of caring for her gave her extra favor.
In my next few blogs I want to talk about this delicate beauty, but for today read her story in God’s Word, pay special attention to the following verses.
Then the king’s servants who attended him said: “Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king; and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the citadel, into the women’s quarters, under the custody of Hegai the king’s eunuch, custodian of the women. And let beauty preparations be given them. Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.”
This thing pleased the king, and he did so.
In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite. Kish had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been captured with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter. Esther 2:2-7
And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him. Esther 4:13-17