The book of Esther is a vital link in the chain of Jewish history, as it reveals what neither Ezra nor Nehemiah includes: crucial experiences of the Jews who remained in Persia. As we dig into this account, keep an eye on the central crisis driving the work.
Esther is about God’s invisible providence. Regardless of the absence of His name throughout this book, God was working. God was there. And the same is true today.
These events transpired long ago, yet the conflict that arose between this man and his wife is not that unusual from what occurs in many homes today.
Esther had a rare blend of beauty, strength, and dignity. The encouragement is that these qualities and characteristics are not unique to Esther.
In this message we uncover a wicked scheme designed to exterminate the Jews. We'll discover several lessons which are applicable to this very day.
An orphan girl who grew up to be a Queen—Esther was an extraordinary person who saved the entire Jewish nation. Though she lived thousands of years ago, her humility, grace, and courage make Esther an inspiring and relevant role model for women today.
The plot is thickening. The Jews have been told that their days are numbered. This called for one person to stand alone in the gap. You guessed it: Esther.
Do you need to take a stand against something or someone? Are you fearful of what may happen? Take a page from Esther’s story and ask the Lord for courage. He will give you the strength you need.
History is replete with the power of one; with those who owned the rare commodity of moral courage—those daring individuals who were “willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, and the wrath of their society.” Esther was one of those.
The evil plan to exterminate the Jews was underway. Nothing visible had given anyone any hope, at least not yet. But remember, God moves in mysterious ways.