Taking a look at the Old Testament: Esther

Learning From God's Word

“Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

Rev George Philip preached a series of sermons on 1 Samuel 1-7, with the title, “For such a time as this.”

This title is taken from this verse in the book of Esther.

The name of God is never mentioned in the book of Esther – but God is there, working out his plan.

In Esther’s day, God was there. In Samuel’s day, God was there. In our day, he is, still, “the God who is there” (the title of a book, written by Francis Schaeffer).

Go back to the days of Samuel – “the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation” (1 Samuel 3:1).

Go back to the days of Esther – the name of the Lord was conspicuous by its absence.

Come forward to our day. Do you…

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Satan’s a determined enemy – and a defeated enemy!

Esther 5:1-6:14  -  Haman wanted ‘to have Mordecai hanged’ (5:14). Herod wanted to have Jesus killed (Matthew 2:16-18). Neither Haman nor Herod were successful in their evil plotting (6:13; Matthew 2:19-21).  Even when Jesus Christ was ‘crucified at the hands of wicked men’, this was not a victory for the devil. God was in control …

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A very human story, a story about God’s love for His people

Esther 1:1-2:18  -  This is a very human story. It is the story of a man - Ahasuerus - and two women - Vashti and Esther. It is the ending of one love and the beginning of a new love (1:19; 2:17). It is also a very important part of the Divine Story. God is …

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Let us celebrate with great joy – Jesus is our Saviour.

Esther 9:1-10:3  -  Among God’s people, there was much ‘feasting and joy’. They gave thanks to the Lord - ‘their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration’ (9:17-22). They gave thanks to God for Mordecai - ‘he sought the welfare of his people, he worked for the good of …

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