Week 1 DAY 2 

Today   

We will:

  1. LOOK at Esther 8:3-7.
  2. LEARN ‘how‘ to incorporate GODcha’s tools along the way.
  3. LISTEN to God speak to us as we focus on GODcha’s LEARN/LIVE question.

Open GODcha to the Book of Esther

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Let’s Begin With Prayer

And Continue With an Attitude of Prayer

Perhaps. . .

Oh Lord, we thank you for Your Holy Word, that is a sure Word of absolute Truth, preserved throughout the ages for us to grow in our knowledge of You and to be changed to be more like Christ. May we see You and how You work. Create in us fresh wonder about You as we become more and more aware of Your Sovereign hand that works behind the scenes. May we also look at those in this drama and then be willing to examine ourselves. Give us the understanding we need to be changed and live in the light of what You show us. 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.

We Need To Consider CONTEXT

CONTEXT is the setting that Rules Interpretation.

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Esther Chapter 8:1-2 

We left off seeing this incredible reversal. The king gave Mordecai the house of Haman and the signet ring, promoting Mordecai to Haman’s position as the king’s right hand man.

Let’s see what happens.

LOOK

At Verses 3-7 

READ Esther 8:3-7.

As you read, ask the who, what, where, when, why, and how questions.

This is a skill that just takes practice.

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Remember to:

Reflect on the events that demonstrate God’s hidden hand.

 

What is Key?

We have seen:

– The evil scheme, the plot devised against the Jews back in Chapter 3;

– ‘Found favor‘ is key and repeated throughout this book;

–  And too ‘extended the golden scepter‘.

If you have forgotten what you learned, go back and review.

 

Focus on Esther 8:3-7.

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THINK and REASON

Can you catch the scene?

The situation is still horrific, and hopeless if the king doesn’t do something.

What happens?

– Esther approaches the king again, uninvited, weeping and begging!

– She is extremely burdened!

– Not for herself, but for her people!

– And the king extends his golden scepter.

LISTEN To the Spirit

Who and what am I concerned about? 

Is it all about me? Or am I concerned for people? The lost, and God’s people too?

THINK and REASON

In the end, we will spend eternity with God and His people!

Respond, LIVE It Out!

Remember this is the most important part of our journey. It’s an open-ended conversation that continues throughout the day!

 

Re-focus on Esther 8:3-7.

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Do you see how respectful Esther is?

If it pleases the king… if I have found favor…if the matter seems proper…if I am pleasing in his sight… 

We have looked at this before.

LISTEN To the Spirit

If a child toward parent;

a wife toward her husband;

an employee toward an employer;

a citizen toward government leaders;

church member toward elders:

How do I engage with those in authority over me?

Am I respectful?

Respond, LIVE It Out!

“Only a few minutes of sitting before God who speaks can transform a life, metamorphose a mind, and reset purpose and direction for eternity.” Charles Stanley

 

Back to Esther 8:3-7.

What does she ask the king?

How does he respond?

Do you sense that he doesn’t understand the situation?

From his viewpoint, he had given her everything she wanted!

 

Check out some of the Cross References (aka CR).
1. What do you learn for yourself as you see Esther spoke again to the king.

Jam 4:2

Heb 4:16

 

2. What do you learn about calamity?

Isa 45:7

Amos 3:6

 

3. We have looked at this before, could this edict be revoked?

Est 1:19

Dan 6:8-10, 12, 15

Est 8:8, 11, 12

What Did You LEARN 

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Check Out GODcha’s #2 LEARN Question(s)

#2. But it isn’t over, what about Haman’s edict that couldn’t be changed, Est 1:19?

a. What happened when Esther courageously approached the king a 2nd time uninvited?

b. What was her request and burden?

c. How does the king respond to Esther? (v3-8)

Sum It Up!

We LEARN:

Then Esther approached the king again uninvited, v3.

She spoke – falling at his feet, weeping and imploring him to avert the evil scheme of Haman, the Agagite, and his plot which he had devised against the Jews, v3. 

The king extended his scepter to Esther, and she was very respectful asking the king to revoke the written letters devised by Haman to destroy the Jews, v4-5.

We Discover:

– When we approach God the King, we need not be afraid to ask. If we don’t ask, we don’t have, Jam 4:2.

– We who believe can draw near with confidence to the throne of graceso that we may receive mercy and find grace for help in time of need, Heb 4:16.

– It was impossible to revoke those written letters, the edict, Est 1:19, Dan 6:8-10, 12, 15.

– But we will see that a counter decree was possible, Est 8:8, 11, 12.

We SeeEsther was concerned for her people, her kindred!

We Also See: It seems as if the king didn’t comprehend how horrific the situation was. He thought he had done everything she wanted giving her the house of Haman and hanging him on the gallows.

 

LISTEN to God Speak

And LIVE it out!

Check out the #2 LIVE Questions.

#2. It isn’t over for me either!

a. How often do I approach God’s throne weeping and imploring Him to avert the evil schemes that are being devised against me and others?

How do I intercede:

– For those who are lost, facing destruction because they have rejected Jesus?

– For those who have been saved from God’s destruction?

b. Have I ever been in a seemingly hopeless situation that others close to me can’t even comprehend? How did or is God working in my life to bring me hope and deliverance?

 

Respond to God. . .

LIVE it Out!

Now You Talk To Him>

Don’t skip this time that can be so precious. God loves us and wants us to talk to Him, and promises to hear. Jesus said, “come”…! We have such an awesome privilege because Jesus died for us. If we have bowed the knee and surrendered our lives to Jesus, we have access to God and can converse with God, the Creator of the universe, our loving Father!

 

We Are Done For the Day!

 Reflect on all God has said to you about having the confidence to draw near to His throne. And that we don’t have because we don’t ask.

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 about being concerned for His people!

Chat with God about it!

Have that constant, conscience, communion with God all day today!

Remember:

NOTE Your Discovery!

You’ll be glad you did!

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Take the time to journal your discovery.

And if you can, jot some notes in your hardbound Bibles. You will be so glad you did.

Also, enter the personal things God has touched you with.

 

Let’s Bow Before the Father

OH HEAVENLY FATHER, KING OVER ALL THE EARTH, we bow before You and thank you for this book of Esther. Thank you for all the practical Truths You are teaching us. Oh Father, may we all be ever so encouraged as we watch Esther with this hopeless situation still hanging over her head, and her fearless persistence on behalf of her people. Oh may we be persistent, may we be fearless, confident that we can approach You, who are on Your throne. May we understand we can come to You any time, anywhere, and cry out our requests to You. In fact, help us to remember we don’t have because we don’t ask. May we ask, ask, ask! May we be persistent, tenacious!

And Father, may You move upon our hearts to be burdened for the lost, but also just as burdened for fellow believers, our brothers, and sisters in Christ. Show us Holy Spirit how to pray effectively for the lost and for Your precious people! How do we pray against the evil schemes that are being devised against Your people? Show us, lead us, guide, and direct us. Oh, we ask these things in Your name Lord Jesus! Amen!

 

You did great! You are learning the Inductive Method of Study!

Do you see how much time you spend LOOKING?

It is so easy! And all at your fingertips!

Next: We’ll look at the next paragraph, Esther 8:8-14.

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