Esther 09+10

Summary Haman convinced the king of Persia to issue an decree to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews in the empire. Mordecai convinced Queen Esther to go to the king to beg for mercy and to plead with him for her people. At first she hesitated, because to go before the king uninvited was … Continue reading Esther 09+10

Esther 07+08

Introduction Haman persuaded the king to issue a decree to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews in the Persian Empire. Mordecai persuaded Esther to go to the king and to beg for mercy and to plead with him for her people. And so, Esther took her life in her hand -- because normally the … Continue reading Esther 07+08

Esther 05+06

Introduction The very existence of God's people is in danger because Haman persuaded King Xerxes to issue an order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews throughout the empire, an empire that stretched from India to Ethiopia. When the Jews, including Mordecai, heard the news, they fasted, wept and wailed. Mordecai then sent word … Continue reading Esther 05+06

Esther 04

Introduction We've reached the fourth chapter of this unusual book of the Bible. And it's an unusual book of the Bible because God is not mentioned once. His name never appears. And that's unusual because, of course, the Bible is all about God. And if the Bible is all about God, what's this book doing … Continue reading Esther 04

Esther 03

Introduction Life often seems unfair, doesn't it? At the end of chapter 2 of the book of Esther, Mordecai uncovered a plot to assassinate Xerxes, the king of Persia. Mordecai alerted Esther, who alerted the king; and the would-be assassins were executed. Mordecai had saved the king's life! But look how chapter 3 begins. After … Continue reading Esther 03

Esther 02

Introduction We began to study the book of Esther last week when I said that it's a story of deliverance. And it's a story of deliverance because, at one point in the story, the Jewish people were in danger of being annihilated. They were going to be wiped out. But Esther was in the right … Continue reading Esther 02

Esther 01

Introduction We're beginning today a new series of sermons on the book of Esther. It's a fairly well-known story from the Bible and many of us are familiar with the words which Mordecai said to Esther in chapter 4: 'And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as … Continue reading Esther 01