Monday: Esther in the Court of the King
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Woman With No Mouth

Read Esther 2:10, Esther 2:20. What situations might arise where nationality or religious affiliation should be hidden, at least for a time? Read John 4:1-26, the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. Why did Jesus tell her so openly that He was the Messiah, when among His own people He was not … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Esther in Persia
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Ruler's servant testing wine for poison.

Read Esther 1:2-20. What is happening here? What things about this story are hard to understand from our perspective today? (As you read, remember that a lot of details are not presented.) The week long banquet that King Ahasuerus gave for his nobles and officials seems extravagant, even for someone at the pinnacle of political … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Esther and Mordecai
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Image © Lars Justinen Goosalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Esther 1-10; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; John 4:1-26; Acts 17:26; Matt. 22:21; Rom. 1:18-20. Memory Text: 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 … [Click to read more …]

Friday – Inside Story: A Gift From the River – Part 1
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People at Prayer – Hindu

Bangladesh ~ By Doneshor Tripura Doneshor was glad to be home, watching his father’s water buffalo. He had been away at school and had just completed his high school graduation exams. The day grew hotter, and Doneshor decided to go for a swim in the nearby river while the buffalo grazed nearby. He waded into … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: More Exiles as Missionaries
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Joseph and Potiphar

Daniel was an Israelite in involuntary banishment from Israel, as were Joseph and Moses in Egypt, Nehemiah in Babylon, and Esther in Persia. Their lives reveal that it is possible to live faithfully to God in spiritually and culturally unsupportive environments. With God’s direction it was even possible to attain prominent administrative positions in these … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Daniel and God’s Eternal Kingdom
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Grab for Power

Daniel was not merely an interpreter of other men’s dreams, significant as that was in this context. In Daniel 7-12, he had his own visions, which revealed the future of great world superpowers. Daniel’s visions especially emphasized that, despite earthly rulers and their plans and machinations, God retains final control of nations. In the end, … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Daniel in Persia
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Daniel in the Lion's Den

And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? (Dan. 6:20). The king called Daniel the servant of the living … [Click to read more …]