God’s Providence In Persia Ch 1-2:Esther Becomes Queen Ch 3: Haman’s Plan Ch 4-5: Esther’s Banquet And Haman’s Pride Ch 6: Mordecai Is Honored Ch 7: Esther Appeals To The King Ch 8-10: God’s People Are Protected And Victorious
A True Story “For Such A Time As This” Absolutely Fantastic Events: –Beauty, Perseverance, & Celebration Incredibly Timely Messages: –Sovereignty, Racism, Salvation, Politics, Boldness, Love Outstanding Example for Godly Women: –Purity, Devotion, Helpfulness, Wisdom, Courage
The Right Place at The Right Time Esther’s Family Was In The Wrong Place –Esther 2:6 Esther’s Background Was Too Burdened –Esther 2:7 Esther “was taken” To The King –Esther 2:8 When we feel the most out of place can be when God is the most involved in our lives!
No One Gets There Alone God’s Protection & Providence Mordecai’s Faithful Leadership –To Counsel Her To Guard Her Heritage (2:10) –To Check On Her (2:11) –To Gather The Jews For Fasting (4:15-17) The Eunuchs’ Loyal Service –Hegai’s Advice (2:15) –Hathach’s Help (4:5, 13-14) –Harbonah’s Judgment (7:9) Ahasuerus’ Loving Power –To Entertain Her Request (5:2) –To Empower Mordecai (8:1-8)
“If I Perish, I Perish” This is a “do or die” moment in Esther’s life. Mordecai’s counsel stirs her to consider not just the risk of action, but the danger of doing nothing! Jesus reminds us to do the right thing without fear of others. –Matthew 10:27-33