August 25 Esther 9-10

August 25  Esther 9-10 (ESV) The Jews Destroy Their Enemies 9:1 Now in the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s command and edict were about to be carried out, on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery … More August 25 Esther 9-10

August 23 Esther 5-6

August 23  Esther 5-6 (ESV) Esther Prepares a Banquet 5:1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, in front of the king’s quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace. 2 And … More August 23 Esther 5-6

August 22 Esther 3-4

August 22  Esther 3-4 (ESV) Haman Plots Against the Jews 3:1 After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him. 2 And all the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and paid homage to … More August 22 Esther 3-4

August 21 Esther 2

August 21  Esther 2 (ESV) Esther Chosen Queen 2:1 After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her. 2 Then the king’s young men who attended him said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king. 3 And let … More August 21 Esther 2

August 20 Esther 1

August 20  Esther 1 (ESV) The King’s Banquets 1:1 Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces, 2 in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne in Susa, the capital, [1] 3 in the third year of his reign he gave a feast for all his officials … More August 20 Esther 1

Seeing God’s hand moving behind the scenes

Bob Deffinbaugh comments: A slight shift in the events recorded in Esther would have doomed the Jews, except as Mordecai said, “help would come from someplace else.” Nevertheless, success in the small details mattered. As an Agagite, Haman may well have used his position against the Jews at the first provocation, whether it came from … More Seeing God’s hand moving behind the scenes

Here is one of those frequent timeless foreshadowings of the Cross

Ray Stedman on Esther 7: The chapter opens with an intimate supper in a private banqueting room where Queen Esther, the king, and Haman, the evil prime minister, are gathered, and it closes with a man nailed, screaming, to a tree until he is dead. Here is one of those frequent timeless foreshadowings of the … More Here is one of those frequent timeless foreshadowings of the Cross

Sleepless in Susa: a story with important lessons for us to learn

Bob Deffinbaugh comments at Bible.org: A sleepless night for the king changed the course of history and resulted in the deliverance of the Jews throughout the Persian Empire. In reality, it was a divinely orchestrated sequence of events. Those events nullified the law wicked Haman had passed by deceiving the king and spared the lives … More Sleepless in Susa: a story with important lessons for us to learn

Divine Insomnia

On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to … More Divine Insomnia