Podcast

Royal Splendor and a Stunning Refusal

God is in control… of minor events. In part 1 of Esther: God Is In Control, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Esther 1.

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Study Notes

A Rapid-Fire History of Israel

  • Promise
  • Exodus
  • Wandering
  • Conquest
  • United Kingdom
  • Divided Kingdom
  • Exile
  • Assyria/Babylon/Persia
  • Return

A Rapid-Fire Introduction to Esther

  • Author: Unknown
  • Date: Fourth century BC
  • Purpose: To explain the origin of the Jewish celebration of Purim
  • Key Verse: Esther 4:14
  • Theme: God is in control (even when He is not mentioned!)
  • The unique feature of Esther

GOD IS IN CONTROL…

  • of minor events
  • of major events
  • of the lives of believers
  • of the lives of unbelievers
  • when it is obvious
  • when it is subtle
  • of everything all the time!

What the Scriptures do NOT teach…

Understanding the Text

I. Esther Elevated to Queen of Persia (Esther 1:1–2:23)
II. The Feud Between Haman and Mordecai Ezra (Esther 3:1–8:17)
III. The Jews’ Day of Deliverance (Esther 9:1-19)
IV. Institution of the Feast of Purim (Esther 9:20–10:3)

Understanding the Text

I. Esther Elevated to Queen of Persia (Esther 1:1–2:23)

A. The Great Banquets of Xerxes (Esther 1:1-9)
B. Vashti’s Dethronement (Esther 1:10-22)