Message from Esther
We’ve been doing a series on people who went from fairly ordinary to extraordinary!
- Peter – Saw how much Jesus wanted him to love people.
- Moses –Spending time in the presence of God changed him.
- Paul – How encountering God and studying His Word changed Paul to a mighty man of God.
- David’s mighty men – We discovered that they lived to please the king more than valuing their own safety.
This week we are looking at our first woman.
I think we can learn much from Esther!
So – First let’s look at a little of the history surrounding Esther. What does “Esther” mean? “Star”
So let’s start with Xerxes. Xerxes? Who was King Xerxes?
- Nebachudnezzar captured the Jews and brought them to Babylon (Where we learn about Daniel and Ezekiel).
- Cyrus – King of Persia came in and conquered Babylon while the Jews were still in captivity.
- Cyrus had two sons who both became kings, but both died soon into their reign.
- Then came a man named Darius who took over the throne. Sound familiar? Darius was king when Daniel got thrown into the lion’s den.
- When Darius died his son Xerxes came into power.
- Xerxes son was named Artaxerxes (meaning “kingdom of righteousness”).
- Artaxerxes sent Nehemiah back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city.
- Why did the Jewish people have such favor from King Artaxerxes?
His mom or step mom was Esther.
- Esther is more than just a beauty queen.
- I think she was a quiet and simple girl.
- When her parents died her cousin Mordecai took her into his house to raise her.
- I think she was also a simple/ low maintenance girl.
Esther 3:9 “If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put ten thousand talents of silver (375 tons) into the royal treasury for the men who carry out this business.”
- In essence he says, “these people do not follow your customs and I will pay for their elimination”. Just say the word and I will take care of the rest.
- The king said keep your money I will pay for this.
- The king makes the edict for Haman – and the palace city was bewildered! (Esther 3:15)
- Esther is confused and afraid.
So Mordecai comes to Queen Esther, and he says:
Esther 4: 13-14 “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.”
What are Esther’s feelings?
- Feeling Alone
- Point of indecision
- Questioning God
It is important for us to realize:
- God’s will is going to be fulfilled with or without us.
- God uses lots of people in order for his will to be accomplished.
- AT THIS TIME GOD’S ULTIMATE WILL WAS FOR THE HEALTH AND RETURN OF THE ISRAELITES.
So here is who God used:
- King Xerxes and his pride to have a big celebration;
- Rebellious wife Queen Vashti (She said “NO” to the King);
- Leaders around the King – to have a beauty contest;
- Mordecai to thwart assassination attempt;
- Haman to be filled with pride and anger towards the Jews;
- Esther in the perfect place to save the Jews!
Here’s the Key for us – MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE!
There are Five ways we can make a choice:
- Out of fear
- Out of emotions
- Out of peer pressure
- Open door
- Through prayer and the direction of the Bible
YOU ARE IN SUCH A PLACE AS THIS TO BE A PART OF GOD’S PERFECT PLAN