The book of Esther is a vital link in the chain of Jewish history, as it reveals what neither Ezra nor Nehemiah includes: crucial experiences of the Jews who remained in Persia. As we dig into this account, keep an eye on the central crisis driving the work.
Esther exhibited a grace-filled charm and elegance. In Esther 2:9, the literal translation of the original language says, “She lifted up grace before his face.” Isn't that a beautiful expression?
Esther is about God’s invisible providence. Regardless of the absence of His name throughout this book, God was working. God was there. And the same is true today.
These events transpired long ago, yet the conflict that arose between this man and his wife is not that unusual from what occurs in many homes today.
Our acute need is to cultivate a willingness to learn and to remain teachable. How beautiful it is to find a servant-hearted, teachable spirit among those who occupy high-profile positions of authority.
Esther had a rare blend of beauty, strength, and dignity. The encouragement is that these qualities and characteristics are not unique to Esther.
In this message we uncover a wicked scheme designed to exterminate the Jews. We'll discover several lessons which are applicable to this very day.
Esther’s commitment to God and ability to do what seemed impossible gave me hope. My weight problem seemed small compared to what Esther faced. If she could do what needed to be done, so could I.
Do you need to take a stand against something or someone? Are you fearful of what may happen? Take a page from Esther’s story and ask the Lord for courage. He will give you the strength you need.
History is replete with the power of one; with those who owned the rare commodity of moral courage—those daring individuals who were “willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, and the wrath of their society.” Esther was one of those.