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What would happen if the president asked his wife to parade herself in front of a crowd of world leaders…who were drunk? What if she refused? And he divorced her? This is essentially what happened …

What would happen if the president asked his wife to parade herself in front of a crowd of world leaders…who were drunk? What if she refused? And he divorced her? This is essentially what happened with Xerxes and Vashti.

In the search for a new queen, a young Jewish girl takes center stage and sets an example for young women everywhere--and truly for all people. She is moral. She is submissvie. She is beautiful in character.

This lesson looks at the true beauty of Esther.

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  • 1. Esther What would happen if the president told his wife to parade herself in front of drunken world leaders for them to gawk at her? ✲ She refused ✲ He divorced her
  • 2. Esther Search for a queen in Persia put a young Jewish girl at center stage ✲ Moral ✲ Submissive ✲ Beautiful character
  • 3. Esther
  • 4. EstherXerxes “remembered” Vashti, Est. 2:1 ✲ Concern, affection, compassion – regret ✲ God “remembered,” Gen. 8:1; 19:29; 30:22
  • 5. EstherServants have a solution, Est. 2:2-4
  • 6. Esther Xerxes needed a wife ✲ Companion, Gen. 1:18 ✲ Not a concubine
  • 7. Esther Esther obtained the favor of Hegai, Est. 2:8-11 ✲ “Obtained” – translated ◇ Up, Gen. 7:17 ◇ Bear, Gen. 13:6 ◇ Lift “up,” Gen. 21:18 ◇ Take, Gen. 27:3 ◇ Set, Gen. 31:17 ✲ Active labor to gain favor
  • 8. Esther Esther obtained the favor of Hegai, Est. 2:8-11 ✲ Not based on sensuality ✲ Based on personality ◇ Character ◇ Attitude
  • 9. Esther Esther gained the favor of Xerxes, Est. 2:12-18 ✲ All the young women ◇ Prepared with treatments for 1 year ◇ Were “beautiful young virgins,” 2:2 ◇ Gave up the rest of their lives
  • 10. Esther Esther gained the favor of Xerxes, Est. 2:12-18 ✲ Esther took only what Hegai advised ◇ Did not pick what she wanted ◇ Listened to advice, Prov. 1:8, 9; 3:1, 2
  • 11. Esther Esther gained the favor of Xerxes, Est. 2:12-18 ✲ Esther “won” out over all others ◇ Obtained grace & favor, 2:17 ◇ Feast of Esther
  • 12. EstherThe Bible tells us about true beauty ✲ Deceitful charm & passing beauty, Woman who fears the Lord to be praised, Prov. 31:30
  • 13. EstherThe Bible tells us about true beauty ✲ Gracious = honor, Prov. 11:16 ✲ Lack discretion = gold ring in pig’s nose, Prov. 11:22 ✲ Virtuous wife = crown of husband, Prov. 12:4
  • 14. EstherThe Bible tells us about true beauty ✲ Inner beauty is what matters, 1 Pt. 3:1-6 ◇ Humble/submissive ◇ Chaste conduct ◇ Outward deemphasized ◇ Inward: gentle, quiet spirit ◇ Inward incorrupt. vs. outward corrupt.
  • 15. EstherOur daughters need to be taught ✲ Mothers… ◇ 5 conversations [The Body Project] Resolved, not to talk about myself or f e e l i n g s . To t h i n k b e f o r e s p e a k i n g . To w o r k s e r i o u s l y. To b e s e l f r e s t r a i n e d i n conversation and actions. Not to let my t h o u g h t s w a n d e r. To b e d i g n i f i e d . I n t e r e s t myself more in others. - Journal entry 1882
  • 16. EstherOur daughters need to be taught ✲ Mothers… ◇ 5 conversations [The Body Project] ◇ Hope of successful conversation only if mothers believe it
  • 17. EstherOur daughters need to be taught ✲ Fathers: reinforce principles of true beauty ◇ Treat her with dignity ◇ Instill modesty ◇ Teach her to value herself: mind, body, soul ◇ Show respect for wife/women
  • 18. EstherNote to young men – look for true beauty ✲ The wise man warns against following lust ◇ Flatter, Prov. 2:16, 17 ◇ Lips of honey, Prov. 5:3, 4 ◇ Allure with eyelids, Prov. 6:24-26 ◇ Attire, Prov. 7:10, 21-23
  • 19. Esther Search for a queen in Persia put a young Jewish girl at center stage ✲ Moral ✲ Submissive ✲ Beautiful character