The Invisible Hand of God in Esther

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The Invisible Hand of God in Esther

  1. 3. ESTHER’S OVERWHELMING MESSAGE - God’s Control Can’t Be Calculated - God’s Solutions Can’t Be Anticipated - God’s Plans Can’t Be Thwarted - God’s Sovereign Choice To Include US In The Mix Can’t Be Comprehended
  2. 4. “ COINCIDENCES” IN ESTHER - Vashti loses her Queen-ship (1:12-19) ; Esther Chosen by the king (2:17) - Mordecai discovers plot against king (2:22) ; recorded In king’s annals (2:23) - Esther’s favorable reception By the king (5:1)
  3. 5. “ COINCIDENCES” IN ESTHER - The King’s insomnia (6:1) ; reading of Mordecai’s heroism 5 yrs earlier (6:2-3) - Haman’s early arrival in the court (6:5) ; the honoring of Mordecai (6:5-6) - Haman’s plea for mercy (7:7) ; Haman hung/impaled on the gallows intended for Mordecai, & on “false charges” no less (7:10)
  4. 6. THE WHISPER of GOD’S PRESENCE “… let the King & Haman come today…” (yabo hammelek whaman hayyom) - Esther 5:4
  5. 7. THE WHISPER of GOD’S PRESENCE “… let the King & Haman come today…” ( Y abo H ammelek W haman H ayyom) - Esther 5:4
  6. 8. THE WHISPER of GOD’S PRESENCE “… let the King & Haman come today…” ( Y H W H ) - Esther 5:4
  7. 9. THE WHISPER of GOD’S PRESENCE “… let the King & Haman come today…” ( Y H W H ) - Esther 5:4 Just Because God Is SILENT , Doesn’t Mean He Isn’t PRESENT
  8. 10. THE WHISPER of GOD’S PRESENCE “… for he saw the evil that was determined for him…” (ky r’h ky klth ‘ lyw hr ’ h) - Esther 7:7b Just Because God Is SILENT , Doesn’t Mean He Isn’t PRESENT
  9. 11. THE WHISPER of GOD’S PRESENCE “… for he saw the evil that was determined for him…” (k Y r’ H k Y klt H ‘ ly W hr ’ H ) - Esther 7:7b Just Because God Is SILENT , Doesn’t Mean He Isn’t PRESENT
  10. 12. THE TURNING POINT of THE BOOK “ That night the king could not sleep...” - Esther 6:1
  11. 13. THE TURNING POINT of ESTHER’S LIFE “ Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief & deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place…And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.” - Esther 4:12-14
  12. 14. THE TURNING POINT of ESTHER’S LIFE “ Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, & fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I & my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” - Esther 4:15-17
  13. 15. THE TURNING POINT of OUR FAITH “… And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.” - Esther 4:12-14
  14. 17. ESTHER’S OVERWHELMING MESSAGE - God’s Control Can’t Be Calculated - God’s Solutions Can’t Be Anticipated - God’s Plans Can’t Be Thwarted - God’s Sovereign Choice To Include US In The Mix Can’t Be Comprehended
  15. 18. THE STORY of US 1988
  16. 19. THE STORY of US 1992
  17. 20. THE STORY of US 1993
  18. 21. THE STORY of US 1993
  19. 22. THE STORY of US 1993
  20. 23. THE STORY of US 1994
  21. 24. THE STORY of US 1995
  22. 25. THE STORY of US 1995
  23. 26. THE STORY of US 1995
  24. 27. THE STORY of US 1995
  25. 28. THE STORY of US 1996
  26. 29. THE STORY of US 1996
  27. 30. THE STORY of US 1996
  28. 31. THE STORY of US 1996
  29. 32. THE STORY of US 1998
  30. 33. THE STORY of US 1999
  31. 34. THE STORY of US 1999
  32. 35. THE STORY of US 1999
  33. 36. THE STORY of US 2000
  34. 37. THE STORY of US 2001
  35. 38. THE STORY of US 2003
  36. 39. THE STORY of US 2004
  37. 40. THE STORY of US 2005
  38. 41. THE STORY of US 2006
  39. 44. THE STORY of US 2006
  40. 45. ESTHER’S OVERWHELMING MESSAGE - God’s Control Can’t Be Calculated - God’s Solutions Can’t Be Anticipated - God’s Plans Can’t Be Thwarted - God’s Sovereign Choice To Include US In The Mix Can’t Be Comprehended

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