Bible Study: Esther

An 8-week Love God Greatly study...

Even though God’s name is never mentioned in the book of Esther, His divine fingerprints are all over it. We learn from Esther that there is no such thing as “coincidence,” and though God may seem distant or even absent at times in our lives, He is always present and working. Though fear may creep in at times, we must remember that no one: not a king, president, or terrorist can destroy God’s plans for His people. This amazing story of a “nobody” who becomes a “somebody” is for all of us. It’s a story that inspires us to choose faith over fear… for such a time as this.

 

God’s Mighty Hand

Here we are at the end of our Esther study and I truly hope that you have been able to see this story in a new light. I pray that is has been a blessing to you and a means by which you have grown in the knowledge of your God. The story of Esther is a beautiful story...

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The Tables Were Turned…

After months of waiting, the sun finally broke free from the night and the dreaded day arrived, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. Yet God, in His amazing involvement in the story of Esther, had “turned the tables”. Though Haman’s evil plan...

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Week 8: From Hopeless to Hope Filled…

Oh friends, we are winding down our study and what an amazing 8 weeks it has been! The study of Esther has spoken to me in ways I wasn’t expecting! Encouraging me, inspiring me and strengthening me as I look to my future and what lies ahead. I pray the Esther study...

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It Ain’t Over Yet

It ain't over yet. All the events in our story have led us here to the moment when Haman is hanged on the very gallows he had meant for Mordecai. "So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai." {Esther 7:10}  Although I'm a bit squeamish about...

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When your identity is your deliverance…

I tried to hide my tears in church that morning. I'm not a crier usually. My husband's eyes were bloodshot by the time our wedding ceremony was over from the abundance of tears he shed... but me? Nothin', baby. Not because I wasn't deeply moved. Plenty moves me to my...

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Week 7: Overcoming Worry

Welcome to week 7 of our Esther study. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRP_iSVQEPQ&feature=youtu.be The King and Haman go to have dinner with Esther. Remember that at this point neither one of those men know that she is Jewish. I assume Haman felt that he could...

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Bless Those Who Curse You

So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”  Esther 6:11 This verse is a perfect recap of what has been going on this...

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Pride, Honor and a Royal Mess…

It’s like he’d rehearsed this moment for years… His dreams are about to come true… He’d seen this scene play out in his mind before. He’s wanted it so badly he, at times, could almost feel the weight of the royal robe around his shoulders. He's listened long enough,...

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Sleepless in Persia

Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right. Proverbs 16:13 We left our drama last week with Haman planning the downfall of Mordecai. The gallow was being built and Haman was happy that once and for all, Mordecai, who had been a...

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Searching for Significance

"Then Haman said, "Even Queen Esther let no one but me come with the king to the feast she prepared. And tomorrow also I am invited by her together with the king. Yet all this is worth nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate." Ah,...

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The Power of the “Pause”

I can almost imagine the scene... A beautifully decorated table adorned with all the king’s favorites. From first course to last course, every detail of this important night was purposely planned and executed. Esther was a queen who knew her king, and her king liked...

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The Guidance of God

Chapter 4 of Esther shows us why Esther needed to be queen. God had orchestrated all things in such a way that when his people would be in trouble, through the evil of Haman, Esther would be there to extend her arm of help toward them. Esther’s help would not be easy....

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Saying “yes” in the here and now…

I stood in the kitchen with one crying baby on my hip and another at my feet, and I watched him walk out the door. Without me. Again. I waited until I heard his car drive away before I crumpled into a pile on the kitchen floor and let the tears trickle quietly down my...

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Our Signet Ring

"And the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was thrown into confusion." Esther 3:15 I don't know about you, but I am really quick to condemn this King, King Xerxes, for his brash attitude and unfeeling heart at what he has just done. He goes off to...

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One Year…

“In the twelfth year of King Xerxes, in the first month…they cast the pur in the presence of Haman to select a day and month. And the lot fell on the twelfth month…” Esther 3:7 One year….did you catch that? The Jews had one year to prepare for the day of their deaths....

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Esther Week 3- When to stand and when to kneel

Hello from Uganda! Welcome Ladies to our study of Esther Week 3! I am really excited to be here with you all! Let's dive right in... Our verses for today are Esther 3:1-4 and Psalm 95:6. We see in the Esther verses that Mordecai has decided finally to stand up for...

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Wisdom and Jelly Shoes

I should have listened when my mother told me not to go into the river wearing my brand new, sparkly jelly shoes. Man, I loved those shoes. I loved how they felt and how they looked. Mine were clear slip ons with sparkles imbedded in them, how I imagined Cinderella's...

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Esther Week 2…

Welcome to week 2 of our Esther study. The verse for today is found in Ephesians 5. I have been thinking about this for a while now and just want to share a couple of things with you. Ephesians 5:15 says “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,"...

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God Is At Work

One of my favorite attributes of God is his providence.  I could read and talk about it all day. The reason is because I don’t have to look far to see how little control I hold over my life. The fact that my lack of wisdom sometimes causes me to make poor decisions...

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Esther Week 1: Fear or Faith…We all have a choice

Sweet friends, I am so glad to have you join us for our Fall study in the amazing book of Esther. It is not a coincidence that we will be going through this powerful book the next eight weeks for “such a time as this.” Before we begin, I want you to personally know...

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Some insight into the fascinating book of {Esther}…

The book of Esther is a strange little book in that it is only one of two books in the Bible where God is not mentioned. Many people have been bothered by that fact, and some have even questioned whether or not it should have been included in the canon of Scripture....

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