Esther 04

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God's chosen people were facing annihilation (Est. 3). Mordecai, a Jew, refused to bow to a man. Haman demanded homage & was furious when it was not given (Est. 3:5). Haman determined to destroy the Jews (Est. 3:13). Haman & the king sat down for drinks (Est. 3:15). The capital was in chaos (Est. 3:15). We next learn that God was working through Esther to deliver the Jews.

What is God working out in your life? Young (or old). Woman (or man). Reluctant (or resolved). God can use you to bless His people.

Esther 4 provides excellent lessons including:
1. Silence Is Sinful.
2. Your Time To Speak.
3. Appeal To The King.

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Esther 04

  1. 1. EstherGod’s people were facing annihilation ✲ Mordecai refused to bow ✲ Haman was furious, Est. 3:5 ✲ He decided to destroy the Jews, Est. 3:13 ✲ Haman & king had drinks, Est. 3:15 ✲ Capital in chaos, Est. 3:15
  2. 2. Esther God was working through Esther To deliver the Jews
  3. 3. Esther What is God working out in your life? ✲ Young ✲ Woman ✲ Reluctant
  4. 4. Esther
  5. 5. EstherEsther reluctant because ofconsequences, Est. 4:11 ✲ Death ✲ Rejection, Jn. 9:17-23 ✲ Ridicule, Acts 17:29-32 ✲ Loss of respect, 1 Pt. 4:4
  6. 6. Esther If silent, you are already “dead” ✲ Created in Christ to act, Titus 2:11-14 ✲ Receive strength in Christ, Phil. 4:13 ✲ Speak boldly, Acts 4:24-31; Phil. 1:19-21
  7. 7. EstherEsther had a simple choice ✲ Go to Xerxes now & risk immediate death − Or deliverance of the Jews ✲ Do nothing & face certain death – later ✲ For us… ◇ Speak up & face possible rejection now ◇ Be silent & face certain rejection later, Mk. 8:34-38
  8. 8. Esther Mordecai believed in God’s providence, Est. 4:14 ✲ Non-miraculous working of God ✲ Seemingly unrelated events that lead to a decisive moment ✲ Joseph
  9. 9. Esther Trace Esther’s life to this point ✲ Orphaned ✲ Raised by cousin – worked at king’s gate ✲ Vashti refused king’s command ✲ King’s advisers – remove the queen ✲ 3 years later – advised to gather virgins ✲ Esther included in gathering ✲ Esther gained favor with the eunuch ✲ Esther selected as queen
  10. 10. Esther There will be a decisive moment in your life ✲ Contact with New Testament believers ✲ Take a stand against immorality ✲ Young woman – persuade… ◇ Husband ◇ Father ◇ Elders ◇ Employer ◇ Teacher
  11. 11. Esther There will be a decisive moment in your life
  12. 12. Esther Esther accepted the duty thrust upon her, Est. 4:16 ✲ Like Paul, Acts 26:19 ✲ Appealed to the King of the Universe before she appealed to the king of Persia!
  13. 13. EstherUnlike the Persian monarch,You can safely appeal to the Father,Heb. 4:16; Lk. 18:1-8 ✲ Law of death vs. Throne of mercy ✲ Fear of approach vs. command to come ✲ Doubt of desire to hear vs. eager to listen ✲ Motive of self interest vs. Your well being
  14. 14. Esther Appeal to the Ruler of the universe – first, Phil. 4:6, 7 ✲ Strength, wisdom, success in right ✲ He has the power to overrule men

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