Aug. 29 & 30, 2020
Origin Story – Week Five
This is the third consecutive year that we’ve worked through the Bible, five books at a time. As we read the stories and learn about the history written in the Old Testament, we learn truths that we can apply to our own lives. In week five, we’ll examine:
- The major characters in the book of Esther.
- The story in the Book of Esther.
- Principles and lessons to learn from Esther.
- There are five major characters in the book of Esther.
1st – Xerxes, King of Persia
2nd – Vashti, Queen of Persia
3rd – Haman, the Villain
4th – Mordecai, the Good Guy
5th – Esther, the Hero
After the Babylonians were overthrown by the Persians, some of the Jews chose to remain in Persia when Xerxes allowed them to go back to their homeland.
- The story in the Book of Esther reads like a Broadway play.
King Xerxes wanted to show off all his wealth and possessions including his beautiful wife, Queen Vashti. She refused and Xerxes became furious. (Esther 1:12)
All the men were concerned that other wives throughout the empire would follow the queen’s example so Xerxes decided to make an example of her by removing her as queen. He made a proclamation that every man should rule his own house. (Esther 1:17-18, 19-20, 22)
The king favored Esther above all others and made her the new queen. (Esther 2:17)
Mordecai overheard a plot to kill the king, and Esther warned the king, which saved his life. (Esther 2:21-22)
Haman plotted to get the king to make a decree that would eventually destroy the Jewish people. (Esther 3:8-9)
Mordecai enlisted Esther’s help, but Esther knew she could be killed for entering the king’s presence without being summoned. (Esther 4:11)
Mordecai reminded Esther that she too would be killed and that she might be in her position “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:12-14)
Esther asked for fasting and prayer from all the Jews and risked death to approach the king. (Esther 4:16)
Haman began setting up a execution pole for Mordecai. (5:14)
- There are principles and lessons that can be learned from the Book of Esther.
We will never take the risk to do great things until we believe that one person can make a difference.
Refuse to settle for anything less than fulfilling God’s calling on your life.
When life doesn’t make sense, do you turn to God or away from Him?