Week 2 DAY 5
Our journey has us finishing up in Esther Chapter 2.
Again with a two-fold objective. We want to:
1. LOOK at the truths in Esther to answer the LEARN and LIVE questions.
O LORD, we come today earnestly seeking You. We do thirst and yearn for You in this dry and weary land, (Psa 63:1). Give us eyes to see and ears to hear Your Word today. Help us understand what You are saying and why. May we live according to Your Word. Thank you.
If you get STUCK at any point in your discovery, stop, and pray!
GOD, your Creator, loves you and desires to reveal much to you.
Consider what we have seen so far in Chapter 2.
We ended with it being Esther’s turn to go in to the king.
Today: Esther Becomes Queen
Now Let’s LOOK at What God Says
Begin LOOKING By READING
Read Esther 2:17-22, asking the who, what, where, when, why and how questions.
Let’s Focus on a verses 17-20.
- How does the king respond to Esther?
- What happens?
- What did the king do?
Reflect on the events that demonstrate God’s hidden hand.
Like a KEY – they‘ unlock’ the meaning to what God is saying.
We see ‘found favor‘ again, which we also saw in Est 2:9 an 15.
Note: This whole ordeal centered around a finding a young woman who is ‘beautiful‘. And remember it is God who made her so exquisite.
THINK and REASON
Verse 7 tells us she is beautiful in form and face, and then we see she pleased Hegai and found favor with him.
Verse 15 tells us she found favor in the eyes of all who ‘saw‘ her. Indicating that her beauty is what the people ‘saw‘ playing a part in Esther finding favor.
And now in verse 17 Esther found favor with the king who wanted a ‘beautiful‘ woman.
These men were choosing a woman based on her beauty. Is it any different today?
I’m curious about ‘loved‘ Esther.
Is this the kind of love Christ has for the church? A sacrificial love that a husband has for his wife? I’m just not convinced.
Go to GODcha’s Dictionary
You should know how to do this by now.
Tap on the words in your Bible.
Do you see the definitions pop open?
LOVED, āhab; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise): like, friend.
DON’T STOP THERE!
NOTE: Take what you have learned back to the text, to see what it means in its CONTEXT.
TIP: I would encourage you to note these in your hardbound Bibles.
Check Out Some Cross References
Remember God’s Uses Truth to Explain Truth
1. Esther went in, came out, and the king says, ‘This is my favorite’.
What do you discover about the king loving Esther?
LISTEN to the Spirit
The Personal Question(s) Might Be:
Do I see God’s hand working?
No matter who, king or not, do I trust that the LORD rules over hearts to direct them to do His will?
2. We see Esther the Jew, becoming the queen of a Gentile king and nation. Despite being disobedient to God’s commands, what do you learn about Esther becoming queen instead of Vashti?
LISTEN to the Spirit –
The Personal Question(s) Might Be:
Do I understand and believe it is God who ultimately brings low and exalts?
3. What do you learn about Esther when it comes to doing what Mordecai told her?
LISTEN to the Spirit
The Personal Question(s) Might Be:
How do I treat older people, especially my parents?
Do I have ears to hear what the Lord is saying to me about my responsibility toward my parents, and others who are older?
Do I acknowledge that older people have more wisdom and understanding than me?
Am I willing to obey my parents giving them the honor and respect they are due?
Do I revere God by being respectful of older people?
Respond to Him. . . LIVE it out!
Remember We Don’t Just LISTEN,
We Speak to God!
God, your Creator is waiting for You to draw near and talk to Him.
What Did You LEARN
If you need help. . .
Open the Deeper Discovery
Check Out GODcha’s #18 LEARN Question(s)
#18. How did the Gentile king respond to Esther, the Jew? What did he do?
a. Where was Mordecai?
b. What had Esther still not made known? Why?
c. Think: Did Esther rise to be Queen through obedience to God, or through disobedience? (v17-20)
Do you see God’s hand working?
There were perhaps 50 million people in this great Empire, so perhaps half are women.
Then that number had to be narrowed down to all the beautiful, young virgins.
And that had to be narrowed down to 1 orphan Jewish girl.
The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor and kingdness with him more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
In our Discovery:
We are not sure if this is the love a husband has as Christ’s sacrificial love for the church, or just the kind of love Ammon had for his sister Tamar who just wanted to sleep with her.
Either way, we know the Lord can turn the king’s heart to wherever He pleases, thus he turned this king’s heart to choose Esther.
And it is the Lord who exalts, thus exalting Esther to be queen.
We see God’s hand working to accomplish His will!
This king loves parties! 4 yrs without a queen, and now there is one, and he wants everyone to meet her. We see He gave another great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his princes and servants; and made a holiday for the provinces, giving gifts according to his bounty.
Hmm, and the virgins were gathered for a 2nd time.
Is this round 2 of the same thing to satisfy this king?
When they were gathered, Mordecai was sitting at the gate.
Sitting at the gate indicates an important position, probably an official government position. As we saw with Daniel, Mordecai is perhaps holding some kind of position in the king’s government.
Esther still doesn’t make known her kindred or people, still doing what Mordecai had commanded her, as she had done when under his care.
At this point nobody knows she is Jewish.
Esther is being obedient to the Lord, by honoring and respecting Mordecai who is older and wiser.
Perhaps God Is Asking You
Check Out GODcha’s #18 LIVE Question(s)
18. When and why have I been granted favor?
a. It is inferred that Esther is now married to this Gentile king, as she has been crowned queen. Have I married an unbeliever? What have been the consequences?
b. What have I done to rise to my position? Has it been through obedience to God, or disobedience?
Before we close today, I would ask that you THINK.
As we see the story of Mordecai and Esther, I would ask, how many of you this is your story? Aren’t we all like Mordecai and Esther at some point in our lives?
I grew up in the church, knowing ‘about‘ God, but I didn’t really know God. My parents brought me up in the church, and we went faithfully every Sunday. But I didn’t love God as I should, and I certainly wasn’t living for Him, I was living for myself. I might read my Bible on occasion, but when I did I couldn’t understand it, and what I did understand I didn’t want to obey. And when I prayed it was usually when I was in trouble, or wanted and needed something. But if someone would have asked me if I was a Christian, of course I would have answered a resounding ‘yes’. But I definitely was not in a living relationship with the Lord, growing or changing.
Oh, but praise be to God who was working behind the scenes, wooing and drawing me to Himself. I went from religion to an easy believism, asking Jesus into my heart, which by the way, Jesus never says to do. He calls us to repent and believe. And in that easy believism, there was no repentance as I didn’t think I was sinner, I actually thought God was lucky to have me on His team. But in His mercy, despite my pride, one day He grabbed my heart, helping me to understand and see that I was bad and He was good, moving me to confess and repent, thus He granted me favor, and by His grace, thru faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ I was saved, and my life has never been the same!
Oh I want you to be encouraged! No matter what you have done, God is there. Even if you are not walking with Him, He is there! God has nothing but sinners to work with, and takes rebellious, messed up, disobedient people and grants us favor, gives us grace. That’s the GOOD NEWS! No matter your situation today, look at Esther. God didn’t take her out of her tough spot, or around it, no, He took her through it, and He will do the same for you! There is hope!
Let’s Call It A Day!
Reflect on what you must know about God and yourself.
God wants you to “consider what He is saying and let Him give you understanding in everything,” (2Ti 2:7).
Meditate on all God is teaching you.
Let His Truth set you free and comfort you, bringing encouragement and security to you today!
“Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD,” (Psalm 104:34).
Record Your Discovery in Your Notes
As we bring this day to a close, journal your discovery and communion with the Lord in your Notes — save them forever!
Did you have questions?
Put them in your Notes.
Ask God to answer them.
Let’s Close in Prayer
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, we truly are blessed to have You right here with us to lead us and teach us all Truth through Your Holy Word by the power of Your Spirit. Thank you so much for all you have shown us. Oh I pray You will help us soak it all in, and cement everything we have looked at down deep into our hearts and minds so that You can bring it to our recall often.
Oh Father we all have been Mordecai’s and Esther’s, compromising by embracing the world. Oh may we understand that compromise and disobedience such as we have seen today will always bring bitter fruit. Help us not to be swept up by the world. May our time with You, hearing You speak to us cause us to end our compromise today! Oh You will indeed forgive us when we repent, but may we understand we will reap what we sow – there are consequences for our choices. And may we be hopeful, ever so hopeful, as we will see, You still used Mordecai and Esther, thus You can and will use us. Oh may we be encouraged in the midst of our failures. Bring light into our darkness today. Again I ask that Your holy Word renew our minds and transform us. In Jesus name we ask these things. Amen!
Next: we will finish Esther Chapter 2 as we dig in to understand another small bite, the last paragraphs Esther 2:17-20.
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