Wednesday: Mordecai and Haman

The Deceiver

According to Esther 5-8, how was Esther able to save her people? The accounts of Esther’s two banquets bring the story to its crisis point. They also record the great reversal of the plotted ethnic extermination. On the way, the story exposes the difference between true honor and self-honor, and it records the punishment of … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Esther in Persia

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

Image © Lars Justinen

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 …]