Monday, 29 September 2014

Esther

Esther


Esther . . . 

The Bible’s greatest heroine saves the Jewish people with her courage.

". . .for such a time as this."
–  Esther 4:14 [NIV]

All intrigue, danger and excitement of life in the royal palace ofancient Persia comes alive in this dramatic and inspiring story of thefaithfulness of Esther. The book of Esther is an epic adventure about a young Jewish orphan who rises from peasant to Queen of Persia, only to face the annihilation of her people. She appears in the Bible as a woman of deep faith, courage and patriotism, ultimately willing to risk her life for her adoptive father, Mordecai, and for the Jewish people.

Learn about the excitement, danger, and intrigue of life in the royal palace, as ancient Persia comes alive in this dramatic and inspiring Old Testament story!

Did You Know?
  • Esther was an orphan who was raised by her cousin, Mordecai
  • Studies on the book of Esther confirm that Hadassah was Esther’s original name
  • The name Esther means "star" [Esther was most likely given that name because she was as beautiful as the Evening Star]


Main Characters:
Mordecai, Esther, King Xerxes, Haman, & Hegai

Scriptural References:
Esther 1:1-19, Esther 2:2-19, Esther 4:1-16, Esther 5:1-4, Esther 7:3-10, & Esther 8:2

Overall Theme:
God chooses a young woman, the kind and beautiful Esther, to save His people from destruction.  Queen Esther, however, has to risk her life to do God’s will.  Esther’s courage and wisdom are rewarded by God as tragedy turns to triumph and celebration for God’s people.

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Summary:
Mordecai, a Hebrew, is the gatekeeper at the palace of a great Babylonian king.  A woman brings him an orphaned infant girl named Esther.  Mordecai raises her as his own daughter, devoutly praying that God care for her.

Years pass, and Esther grows into a kind and beautiful young woman.  King Xerxes has ascended to the Babylonian throne, with the evil Haman as his principal adviser.  Xerxes has banished his wife, and sends for all of the young women in the kingdom so that he may choose a new wife.

At first Mordecai is reluctant to send Esther to Xerxes.  But God has chosen Esther for great things, so Mordecai prepares Esther for her meeting with the King.  He warns her never to reveal that she is a Jew.

Xerxes finds Esther beautiful, and makes her his Queen.  Over time, Esther helps King Xerxes to understand that in order to be a great king, he must be kind and generous.  But evil is at work in Haman, who declares that everyone in the kingdom must bow down before him.

Mordecai refuses, declaring that as a Jew he will bow to no one except his God.  This enrages Haman, who vows to destroy all the Jews.  He goes to Xerxes and falsely claims there is a plot among the Jews to overthrow the kingdom.  Mordecai overhears Xerxes give Haman permission to hang all the Jews.

Mordecai asks Esther to intervene.  Queen Esther asks all of the Jews to fast for three days, knowing that her confrontation with the King and Haman will result in her death.  The brave Esther declares to the King that she is a Jew.  She tells him the Jews wish the King no harm,  only want to worship their God in peace.

Haman demands her instant death but Xerxes, filled with Esther’s goodness and God’s love, believes her.  Instead, Haman is executed on the gallows that he had erected for the Jews.  King Xerxes embraces Esther with love and gratitude, and rewards the good Mordecai by making him his second in command.

Background:
Strengthened by God, Esther and Mordecai lived during a time of great despair.  Haman discovered that God’s plans will not be thwarted by man’s schemes.  God had promised the Jews they would be a great nation and brought deliverance through Esther.

Esther reminds us also that God is faithful to His promises; His plans will never be derailed by our circumstances.

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