Pastor Dan Nichols
In a literary manner, the story of Esther is well-written and yet simple: it has a setup, a conflict, and is followed by a resolution. It is, however, different from all the other Old Testament narratives in that it is meant to read like a good book. While being entirely true and historical, it is crafted in a way that captivates, making the reader both cry and laugh from beginning to end. And it is the kind of story that takes a few journeys through to realize what is actually going on. It's the kind of book that you easily walk away from confused, wondering about the deeper meaning.
In fact, Esther is most like a parable, the type of storytelling that Jesus frequently employed. The problem with parables is that, like with an intriguing book or movie, the point isn’t always accessible. Sometimes the idea of the story is not so obvious. Which means if you do not have eyes that can see, Esther is just some story; Incredible, but meaningless to your faith in Jesus.