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The book of Esther, while not once mentioning God’s name, nevertheless gives clear evidence of God’s providential rule in world history. It shows that everything God does is in the interest of his gracious will and purpose. Esther was made queen to save her people, and to preserve the promise of a Savior.
Each Wednesday at 10:30 AM we’ll look at one chapter. Everyone is welcome to attend this mid week study, Esther. We’ll use Zoom for our meeting. HERE is the link.
Lesson 1: Xerxes and Vashti
Absolute rulers are not something that we see a lot in our modern society, but in the ancient world, there were kings who got whatever they wanted whenever they wanted it.
Lesson 2: Esther Crowned Queen
What did it take to rise to the top in the harem of the king of Persia? This week we take a look at Esther’s rise to power and the conspiracy that could have undone her position right after it started.
Lesson 3: Haman’s Final Solution
The Jews have been the target of genocide more than once in the history of the world – even in the 20th century! In chapter three we see that this was also the case in ancient times.
Lesson 4: One Last Chance
It’s looking grim for God’s Old Testament people. The decree has been signed by the king. It can’t be changed. The day is set. All that is left is to wait. But is there one last chance?
Lesson 5: Banquet for Three
Esther is about to make her move. The King received her when she walked into the throne room. Now she needs to make her request in the presence of the very person who would destroy her people.
Lesson 6: What are the Chances
Sometimes events just kind of fall into place. We call this providence. Our God controls all things for the good of his church. That doesn’t always mean that “good” things will come into your life. It does mean that in all the event God does have a plan.
Lesson 7: Full Circle
Do you like seeing people get what the deserve? Shadenfreude is finding pleasure from other people’s misfortune. I don’t think God’s people should find joy in other’s suffering, but there is a satisfaction when God rescues his people from danger.
Lesson 8: Self Defense
Even though Haman had been executed by King Xerxes there was still a very real danger waiting for the Jews. The order had gone out to have them killed. We’ll see this week how they defend themselves.
Lesson 9: Purim
The Jews are able to defend themselves. To remember this the Jewish people celebrate Purim annually. We’ll close out our study of Esther with a look at this festival.