such a time as this.
Esther’s parents die & she is raised by her cousin, Mordecai. God ordains her protection.
God ordains her favor. 2:9
Mordecai gives her directions & walks with her through this. 2:10 We must all have spiritual mentors & sensitivity to submit.
God allows for her increased favor 2:15 and she continues follows direction.
Her submission & boldness lead to a throne & she is favored more than any others. 2:17-18
The more she obeys, the more she is favored. The more she is favored, the more her borders for trust & influence are enlarged.
As she gains more influence, more challenges come her way. With more challenges, come more opportunities for faith. 2:21-23
Near genocide of the Jews Esther 3
What is Esther’s heritage? Mordecai?
Esther’s Dilemma Esther 4
She hedges because she knows the ways of the king. But Mordecai speaks truth.
“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
She responds with a willingness to walk the path Mordecai has directed, but asks for fasting.
everyone in Susa—-herself & her attendants—–3 days & nights
Her request reveals she has come into her own dependence on God & own understanding of His direction. It also reveals her need for a direction & peace higher than Mordecai.
Esther’s Approach Esther 5
The first step in her process requires the King extending the gold scepter
Next, she threw a party
Then, she keeps the king in suspense
She throws another party
Haman loves the attention & isolation of being chosen by the king. But he can’t get over his hatred of Mordecai.
His friend and wife help him plan Mordecai’s demise.
The end for Haman Esther 6
He neglected humility, so his thoughts were skewed. His answer lacked thought & wisdom.
Esther’s boldness Esther 7
She answers the king. She cannot handle her distress anymore.
Haman dies on his own pole for impalement.
The Jews, Esther, & Mordecai Esther 8-10
Esther receives Haman’s estate
God honored Mordecai’s steadfastness.
The Jews have all right to assemble & defend themselves.
How can we enter the turf of our own enemies, eat with them & encounter the beginnings of understanding?
How is Esther, a young Jewish woman displaced from Jerusalem, having eyes for her people an example to us?
God had her in a place of a foreign king at a time when high ranking officials turned on her people-the Jews.
She made a bold appeal to the king. She approached the king in a very unorthodox manner, one which would bring death to anyone (wife included) unless the king gave clearance. This is a great attachment to Hebrews 4:14-16 and of the fact that she wasn’t even approaching the king for herself. She risked her life to save her people.