Esther 01

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Two thousand five hundred years ago one of the most amazing dramas of all time unfolded in the heart of the world's super power. A young girl named Hadassah became queen. Her adopted father pushed her to endanger her life for the life of her people. Hadassah was reluctant. Her settled determination became, “If I perish, I perish” (Est. 4:16).

The book of Esther tells one of the most moving stories of all time. Some believe it is fictional. We know it is historic. It inspires us: To have faith in God; To know God is in control; To take a stand for what is right - for God’s people & for His kingdom; To think we might be in the “kingdom for such a time as this.”

This is the first of several lessons from Esther and will look at:
1. Background.
2. Overview of chapter 1.
3. Lessons from chapter 1.

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Esther 01

  1. 1. Amazing drama 2,500 years ago ✲ Young woman ✲ Great danger – life & death ✲ No choice
  2. 2. Esther One of the most inspiring stories of all time ✲ Faith in God ✲ Know God is in control ✲ Take a stand ✲ We are here “for such a time as this”
  3. 3. Esther
  4. 4. Esther Persian Empire – “super power” ✲ India to Ethiopia, Est. 1:1
  5. 5. Esther
  6. 6. Esther Persian Empire – “super power” ✲ India to Ethiopia, Est. 1:1 ✲ Capital: Susa, Est. 1:2 ✲ Conquered Babylon, Dan. 5:30, 31 ✲ King Ahasuerus (Xerxes): 486-465 BC
  7. 7. EstherEvents take place 483-473 BC ✲ Judah conquered by Babylon 606-586 BC ✲ Esther’s great-grandfather captive in 597 BC ✲ Daughter of Abihail, Est. 2:15 ✲ Cousin of Mordecai, Est. 2:5-7 ✲ Fits between Ezra 6 & 7 ✲ Chapter 1: before Xerxes invaded Greece ✲ Chapter 2: after humiliating defeat in Greece
  8. 8. EstherPurpose – Theme ✲ Providence of God ◇ God not mentioned ◇ Worship not mentioned ◇ Prayer not mentioned ✲ Origin of Purim ✲ God exalts the humble & humbles the exalted
  9. 9. Esther Glory of the kingdom displayed 180 days, Est. 1:1-9 ✲ Building confidence ✲ Seven-day feast, Est. 1:5-8 ◇ For all the capital ◇ Opulent fixtures ◇ Women had separate feast
  10. 10. EstherQueen Vashti ordered to display her beauty,Est. 1:10-12 ✲ Xerxes intoxicated, 1:10 ✲ Improper ✲ Vashti refused
  11. 11. EstherXerxes & advisors acts against the queen,Est. 1:13-22 ✲ Angry & drunk, 1:12 ✲ Council likely intoxicated ✲ Vashti removed from being queen ✲ Decree ◇ Women to honor husbands ◇ Man is the master of his home
  12. 12. EstherMoney is the root of all kinds of evil,1 Tim. 6:6-10 ✲ Arrogance for Xerxes ✲ Wealth & power does not equal leadership ✲ Christians to pursue righteousness, 1 Tim. 6:11-14
  13. 13. Esther Intoxication leads to foolish actions, Prov. 31:4, 5 ✲ Caused a “national crisis” ✲ Not wise, Prov. 20:1 ✲ Be sober to fight the devil, 1 Pt. 5:8, 9
  14. 14. Esther Poor advisors lead to poor advice, Prov. 13:20 ✲ Need people to clarify your thinking ✲ Need wounds of a friend, Prov. 27:6 ✲ Seek exhortation, Heb. 3:12, 13
  15. 15. Esther A man is the head of his household, Eph. 5:22-24 ✲ Sacrificial love, Eph. 5:25 ✲ Cherish & nourish, Eph. 5:28, 29 ✲ Respect wife’s dignity, 1 Pt. 3:1-7
  16. 16. Esther One of the most inspiring stories of all time ✲ Faith in God ✲ Know God is in control ✲ Take a stand ✲ We are here “for such a time as this”

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