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INTRODUCTION & SUMMARY OF

ESTHER ESTHER OVERVIEW This thrilling story has all the elements of a great novel. There is a beautiful young orphan girl who rises from obscurity to become queen. There’s an ambitious villain out to destroy the innocent. Finally, the story line involves a power struggle, romantic love, and a thrilling ending. And in the end the point is clear; once again God, the miraculous Savior, rescues Israel from certain destruction.

“FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS” At this point in the history of Israel they have been led away from their homeland and been taken captive in Persia. In the midst of all this turmoil a young orphan girl is placed at the center of Israel’s survival. They are about to be wiped out by Haman and his vicious scheme of mass genocide when Esther, who ends up the Queen, requests that the King spare her people at the risk of her own life. She placed her life on the line so that her people would be saved. This narrative demonstrates God’s providence and sovereignty in a situation that seemed completely hopeless.

CURRENT SERIES

A NOBLE FAST When it was time for Esther to step up, she called on her people to fast and pray for her. In essence fasting acknowledges human frailty before God. It was a common practice in the ancient world, associated with the mourning of the dead, intercessory prayer, repentance and contrition for sin, and times of distress. Fasts varied in their duration from the length of one day to seven days and could even last up to forty days.

INTERESTING TRIVIA Esther is the only book in the entire Bible that does not directly mention the name of God. A few explanations might help explain this. First, the absences of God’s name in the book might be a way of expressing God’s distance from the exiles. Second, the book may have been written in the form of a Persian state chronicle in order to explain to the Persians the Jewish celebration of Purim. Either way, the book clearly reveals God’s protection and provision for His people.

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APPLICATION

What do these stories tell us about humanity?

Three basic questions form this section.

What do these stories tell us about God? Esther’s story tells us that we all have a purpose for the days that we are here. She allowed herself to be used by God even though there was the potential for her and her people to be killed. Again we see that God uses all kinds of people to accomplish His purposes.

In the story we see both the dark depravity of man, as seen in Haman and his evil plots of mass genocide, and the light of hope, as seen in Mordecai and Esther’s humility, integrity, and holiness.

How do we apply this to our lives? Again we see that God uses all kinds of people. There are specific times in our lives where we have to make a decision whether we are going to do what God calls us to or if we are going to continue to sit on the side lines of obscurity. God calls us to jump in head first and discover His holy purposes for our lives.

WHAT IS MY STORY? (THOUGHTS):

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