‘All scriptures is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness 2 Tim 3:16’
Our privilege through this time is to study one of the books in the Bible that bears the name of a woman! The book of Esther with its 10 chapters and 165 verses gives us a segment of Jewish history not supplied elsewhere in the bible and provides a valuable portrait of the vast majority of Jews who chose to remain in Persia rather than return to Palestine. The unknown author has an extensive knowledge of Persian etiquette and customs but also of Jewish customs and culture. It is unique in all of Scripture in that God is never mentioned. In fact, there is no reference to God, to prayer or to supplication. It was most probably written at a time when it was extremely dangerous to make any open profession of the worship of Jehovah. Which thing is now the state of most countries nowadays.
But His presence and sovereignty can be traced throughout. He overruled in the affairs of men and demonstrated His unfailing care for His people. No disbeliever in God could have written it and no believer in God can read it without finding her faith strengthened!
The book of Esther constitutes tremendous literature – it is the finest of short stories! There is strong characterization, enough detail to authenticate, there is humour, there is drama, there is a fitting climax and a gloriously positive ending. Spanning just ten years fro 483 – 473 BC it fits between Ezra 6 and 7.
This book gives us the opportunity to be taught, to be challenged, to be corrected and to be trained in righteousness, as our key verse reminds us – so that as women of God, we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Join me in this walk through the book of Esther. Please feel free to ask your questions, post your comments and make your suggestions.
O God, thank you that you are there – even when I don’t see or hear you. When your name is not mentioned – and you care unfailingly for me. Amen.