Divine Providence The book of Esther is a good example of providence
Background <ul><ul><li>Ahasuerus was the king of Persia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It was a time of great peril for Israel...
Background <ul><ul><li>Providence = The preservation, care and governmet which God exercises over all things that He creat...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Ahasuerus throws a wild and expensive party that lasts 104 days (1:1-8) </li></ul></ul><ul...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>He misses the company of a woman and begins the search for a new queen (2:1-15) </li></ul>...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Mordecai uncovers a plot to kill the king (2:19-23) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mordeca...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Haman is promoted (3:1-2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All are to reverence Haman </li><...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Haman goes to the king to get revenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther 3:8-9 </li></u...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>There is great mourning among the Jews (4:1-3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What would e...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Mordecai asks Esther to intercede (4:8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>She gives a excuse ...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Esther petitions the king (5:1-8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>She is granted a hearing ...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>King is unable to sleep (6:1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>He is reading the chronicles ...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Esther reveals the plot of Haman (7:1-10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>King asks what he...
The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>The law could not be reversed, BUT: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther and Mordecai wer...
Observations <ul><ul><li>We can not physically see God or any miracles - but His hand is stretched out in providence. </li...
Observations <ul><ul><li>Did God have anything to do with this? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe He did. </li></ul></u...
Conclusion <ul><ul><li>God is still working in our lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you believe it? </li></ul></ul><...
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Esther is an example of the providence of God. We must learn to appreciate the providence of God in our time.

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Divine providence

  1. 1. Divine Providence The book of Esther is a good example of providence
  2. 2. Background <ul><ul><li>Ahasuerus was the king of Persia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It was a time of great peril for Israel. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The book of Esther shows God's providence at work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The book of Esther does not mention God - but God is seen throughout the book. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><ul><li>Providence = The preservation, care and governmet which God exercises over all things that He created, in order to accomplish the ends for which they were created. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providence does not employ miracles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God uses natural means to do His work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You might think - accident, coincidence; but they may be providence. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Ahasuerus throws a wild and expensive party that lasts 104 days (1:1-8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Drunk, calls for wife, Vashti </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wants her to parade in front of the drunks at the party </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>She refused - king become angry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Removes her as his queen </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>He misses the company of a woman and begins the search for a new queen (2:1-15) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many young girls appear before him </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther catches his eye </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther is made queen instead of Vashti </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Mordecai uncovers a plot to kill the king (2:19-23) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mordecai is Esther's uncle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>He saves the king from assasination </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The deed is recorded in the chronicle of the king </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Haman is promoted (3:1-2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All are to reverence Haman </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mordecai refuses to pay reference </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Haman decides that he hates ALL Jews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>He judges a nation becuse of one man </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This is the definition of prejudice </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Haman goes to the king to get revenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther 3:8-9 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>He tells a lie </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A law is established by the king that could not be reversed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The exterminiation of the Jews is decreed (3:12-15) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>There is great mourning among the Jews (4:1-3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What would extermination mean? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All the promises to Abraham would fail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All the prophesies about Christ would fail </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Mordecai asks Esther to intercede (4:8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>She gives a excuse (3:11) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther 3:13-14 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther agrees to intercede - &quot;If I perish, I perish.&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Esther petitions the king (5:1-8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>She is granted a hearing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>She invites the king and Haman to a banquet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At that dinner she announces another dinner for Haman and the king </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Haman is on cloud 9 - he is special </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>He brags to friends (5:13) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>King is unable to sleep (6:1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>He is reading the chronicles and sees where Mordecai saved his life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Has he been honored for this deed? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Haman comes in </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total humiliation - Haman must plan to honor Mordecai </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Then the summons to the second banquet </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>Esther reveals the plot of Haman (7:1-10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>King asks what her request is </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther 7:3-6 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther 7:9-10 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The Story of Esther <ul><ul><li>The law could not be reversed, BUT: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther and Mordecai were given power to make a counter decree </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Jews are given the authority to resist their enemies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Jewish nation is saved! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Observations <ul><ul><li>We can not physically see God or any miracles - but His hand is stretched out in providence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God's working of providence in this book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vashti had integrety </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vashti refused to parade at the party </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Esther was in the right place, right time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mordecai saves king's life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>King could not sleep, read chronicles </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Observations <ul><ul><li>Did God have anything to do with this? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe He did. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providence is most often seen in the rear view mirror – not before it happens or as it is happening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Man's part of providence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faith that God is active in our lives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Willing to obey God </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><ul><li>God is still working in our lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you believe it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you act in harmony with it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you follow the Lord in obedience to His word? </li></ul></ul>

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