Teachings on Esther

“Celebrate the Providence of God” – Esther 9 & 10 (Tuesday 6/15/21)

On the day that the Jews were to be annihilated, the opposite actually occurs, and the Jews overpower their enemies. Mordecai becomes famous for rescuing the Jews from their terrible fate. The Jews celebrate with feasting and gladness as they vanquish their enemies all over the region. They establish the holy day of Purim to celebrate the time that Esther successfully petitioned the king and order all generations of Jews to celebrate that day each year.

“Can You Find the Gospel in Here?” – Esther 7 & 8 (Tuesday 6/8/21)

Queen Esther, at the banquet provided to her by the king, petitions the king to save her people from annihilation. The king discovers that Haman was behind the plot to exterminate the Jews and orders him to be hanged on the gallows that Haman had prepared for Mordecai. Mordecai is ordained the head of the house of Haman and is given his signet ring. Esther pleads with the king to revoke the order against the Jews by Haman, and the…

When the Wicked Fall: Esther 6 (Tuesday 6/01/21)

Esther Chapter 6 describes the events before the next banquet that Esther prepares for the King and Haman. The night before the banquet, the King could not sleep and the chronicles were read to him. He discovered that nothing had been done for Mordecai who had informed the king of a plot against him. Haman ends up having to honor Mordecai in the way Hammond wanted to be honored. Pastor Keith shows us in Psalms 37 to not fret. God…

“Prepare the Gallows” – Esther 5 (Tuesday 5/25/21)

Esther goes before the king, who presents her with his golden scepter, granting her favor and offering her a request of up to half his kingdom. Esther merely requests that the king and Haman come to a banquet she has prepared. Later, Haman sees Mordecai, who does not tremble before him, which infuraties Haman. Haman’s wife and friends advise him to make a gallows for Mordecai, and at the banquet submit a request to the king that he be hanged.…

“Undercover Missionaries” – Esther 4 (Tuesday 5/18/21)

The Jews, mourning the news of the decree made by king Ahaseurus, send word to Queen Esther of their imminent destruction. Mordecai sends a plea to Esther to appeal on her people’s behalf. Esther commands Mordecai and the Jews to fast for three days and nights and agrees to appeal to the king. Pastor Keith demonstrates how sometimes people are placed in positions where they are working undercover for the Lord. These people may not always be aware or even…

“Manipulators Always Lose” – Esther 3 (Tuesday 5/11/21)

Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, refuses to bow to Haman, who was recently promoted by King Ahasuerus. This offends Haman, who decides to seek revenge against not only Mordecai, but all the Jews. Haman advises King Ahasueres to write a decree against the Jews for following their own customs, and not the king’s. Letters are sent to all the provinces with instructions to annihilate the Jews and plunder their possessions.

“A New Queen” – Esther 2 (Tuesday 5/4/21)

Coming to his senses after his royal decree against Queen Vashti, the king realizes that he is in need of a replacement queen. Arrangements are made to gather many young, beautiful virgins in order to seek a replacement. Among these is Esther, cousin of Mordecai, who is a beautiful orphaned Jewish girl. Esther impresses the king’s eunuch who advises her on how to seek the king’s favor, which she succeeds at. Esther is made Queen and a feast is prepared…

“The Queen Gets the Axe” – Esther 1 (Tuesday 4/27/21)

King Ahasuerus rules over a large portion of the ancient middle east and decides to throw a banquet to show off the riches and splendor of his kingdom. After drunkenly carousing for many days at a time, the King summons his Queen to show off her beauty to his constituents. In an unprecented act of rebellion, Queen Vashti refuses to obey her King’s command, which angers the King, and after consulting with his officials, the King sends out a decree…

Intro to Book of Esther (Tuesday 4/20/21)

The Book of Esther is about a courageous, Jewish orphan girl who saves her people from extermination through God’s providence. Providence is the way God’s will leads those who will not be led. God is always working behind the scenes, using selected people to further His will.

“God is Enduring” – Psalm 136 (Sunday 3/7/21)

In the book of Esther, Esther held a banquet for Hammond and the King.  Hammond was responsible for setting up the order to have God’s people killed and for building gallows to hang Mordecai (Esther’s uncle who was mourning at the gate, but had been a loyal servant of the king).  In God’s mighty sovereignty, Mordecai was hung on those very gallows.  God is always faithful even when all the circumstances are against you.  God has a plan.  God’s plan…