In chapter six we read the story of Esther – a great story showing us that God is at work even when we don’t recognize it! Due to the length of Esther’s story, I did not include a condensed scripture commentary in this review. Instead, I strongly encourage you to click the Bible Gateway link below to read through the entire story.
Book of Esther
The Banquets Of The King – Esther 1:1-9
Queen Vashti’s Refusal – Esther 1:10-22
Vashti’s Successor Sought – Esther 2:1-7
Esther Finds Favor – Esther 2:8-16
Esther Becomes Queen – Esther 2:17-20
Mordecai Saves The King – Esther 2:21-23
Haman’s Plot Against The Jews – Esther 3:1-15
Esther Learns Of Haman’s Plot – Esther 4:1-14
Esther Plans To Intercede – Esther 4:15-17
Esther Plans A Banquet – Esther 5:1-8
Haman’s Pride – Esther 5:9-14
The King Plans To Honor Mordecai – Esther 6:1-9
Haman Must Honor Mordecai – Esther 6:10-14
Esther’s Plea – Esther 7:1-6
Haman Is Hanged – Esther 7:7-10
Mordecai Promoted – Esther 8:1-7
The King’s Decree Avenges The Jews – Esther 8:8-17
The Jews Destory Their Enemies – Esther 9:1-19
The Feast of Purim Instituted – Esther 9:20-32
Mordecai’s Greatness – Esther 10:1-3
Chapter Six focus point – God is everywhere.
At times, God may appear as if He is hiding Himself, but seen or unseen He ever accomplishes that which is according to His will – Zondervan Scripture Reference Resources: A Woman who Saved Her Nation From Genocide.
Though God is not mentioned one time in the book of the Esther, as the Creator of everything, His handiwork is easily recognized. God is found in the details, storyline, and every intricacy – this book of the Bible no exception. Think back to Esther’s story – imagine all of the individual lives touched, imagine all of the events that had to take place, or all the moving peices that came perfectly together in order for God’s Will to be accomplished through Esther. The name Esther means star of hope or joy and that is exactly what she was – a hope for a nation. I wonder how many of us are not living up to our potential and/or God’s purpose for our lives? How many alignments or adjustments must be made for and around us because of our disobedience to God’s Will for our lives? How many lives are negatively impacted by this disobedience? It’s mind boggling really! Imagine if Esther, consumed by the selfish fear of losing her life, decided to quit and crawl into a corner – oh, her poor people! That’s where our trust in an Almighty, all-powerful God comes into play. That’s where we find unthinkable strength and confidence (2 Corinthians 3:12, Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 13:6, Hebrews 4:15, Psalm 138:3, Isaiah 40:29). When we listen, follow, and strive after doing His Will, we work according to His plan, not against it. Not that God needs our help to accomplish anything, it just feels good to offer our submission and obedience to Him like Esther did. Knowing we are a people in whom the Almighty God can rely upon to be obedient (1 John 3:22, Hebrews 13:16, Proverbs 16:7, Psalm 19:14, Psalm 51:12, Romans 8:8), well, I think it’d make Him smile wide! I think He smiled upon Esther too!
God is in the seen and unseen – everything!
Let’s answer some questions from what we have reviewed thus far – the below list is a mix of questions from the Bible study and some of my own.
1. Recall a situation in your life when something big depended on you. How did you handle it? What was your focus – God’s Will or your own? What can you do better next time?
2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how willing would you be right now to obey God if He asked you to do something that might cost your life or the lives of others?
Very unwilling |———————-| Very willing
3. In Esther 4:12-14, Mordecai asks Esther a very important question that reveals part of God’s plan and Handiwork in this story – “Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” Can you recall a time in your life when God’s handiwork was so evident? Did you notice it at the time or much later? How many times do you think His handiwork goes unnoticed by us? What can we do to discern His plan and purpose going forward (Romans 12:2)?
Digging Deeper: read and reflect on Romans 8:28. Do you understand the magnitude of this passage? What does God promise in this verse? How did all things work together for Esther’s good? How do you find encouragement in God’s promise? How can you use this verse to strengthen your faith and trust in God? Even though we may not see or feel God in the midst of our trials and tribulations – He is still there, in perfect control of it all!
God is always in control!
Bonus Activity: watch this video – ‘For Such A Time As This’. How does this song encourage and challenge your journey of faith right now?
I hope you enjoyed chapter six 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love your hear reflections about Esther’s story, your responses to the questions, and any overall feedback about this chapter review. The goal and purpose of this study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.
God bless you.
Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory