Some things seem impossible. Then the “impossible” occurs. Such is the scene recorded in Esther 8. Those who sat in darkness suddenly saw a great light.
Our world desperately needs models worth following. Authentic heroes. People of integrity whose lives inspire us to take God seriously, to follow His Word obediently, to pursue Christ passionately.
Thankfully, the Bible places before us a spiritual "hall of fame"—raw, uncensored, gritty stories of men and women sometimes soaring, often stumbling, through the incredible life of faith. They wrestled with sin, experienced God's grace, struggled with weakness, and overcame by faith. Their inspiring biographies have been memorialized in Scripture, not simply because of their faith in God but because of God's faithfulness to them.
These great lives from God's Word not only provide realistic portraits for appreciation but also relevant principles for application.
God’s silence should never be interpreted as His absence. Take the story of Esther…Not once is His name mentioned in all 10 chapters of the book, yet none can deny His presence.
The Jews in Persia moved closer toward their doom. As we are going to learn, the Lord intervened in a most unusual manner, and when He did, everything changed.
The evil plan to exterminate the Jews was underway. Nothing visible had given anyone any hope, at least not yet. But remember, God moves in mysterious ways.
The plot is thickening. The Jews have been told that their days are numbered. This called for one person to stand alone in the gap. You guessed it: 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 had a rare blend of beauty, strength, and dignity. The encouragement is that these qualities and characteristics are not unique to Esther.
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.
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.
Listen to Chuck Swindoll as he unpacks this penetrating scene of denial and shame and explains how the grace of Christ is greater than any human failure or sin. You’ll be stirred by Chuck’s explanation of how Jesus gently mended the broken pieces of Peter’s heart and how He lovingly desires to do the same for you!