Sermon:
ESTHER – “FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS”
INTRODUCTION
Text: Est. 4:13-16.
1 You’ve probably heard the adage, "behind every good man is a good woman."
2 I prefer, "Behind every good man is a surprised mother-in-law."
3. Today we will study a case in which it could be said, "Behind a great man (who was not a good man) was a great woman (who was a good woman) who changed the course of history."
4. The background: Our story begins with Ahashuerus of the King James Version - Xerxes the Great of history circa 481 or 483 BC. Xerxes was King of Persia.
5 It has been 103 years since Nebuchadnezzar took the Jews into captivity (2 Kings 25), 54 years after Zerubbabel led the first group of exiles back to Jerusalem (Ezra 1,2) and 25 years before Ezra lead the second group to Jerusalem (Ezra 7).
6 All but a few thousand of God’s people -Israel - were in the Persian provinces. The King had the leaders of 127 provinces come to his impressive palace for a celebration to lasted 187 days -- more than six months.
7 It was common for the Persians to put on a feast before launching an invasion. In this case they were planning to invade Greece. The invasion would end up with a victory for the Persians at Thermopylae and a crushing defeat for Xerxes at Salamis in 480BC.
8 It was a feast of drinking, of sin, etc. At the end of a week-long drunken feast, the King sent for Vashti to come and display her beauty. History suggests that she was pregnant with the Son who would later replace Xerxes. She refused. The King accepted the suggestion to reject her and choose another to be queen in her stead.
9 Esther was chosen. She was a young, beautiful Jewish girl. Her cousin Mordecai had offended a vain official named Haman, who by trickery got a decree signed that all the Jews should be put to death. The decree was unalterable.
10 God stepped in and in a providential way delivered His people from the decree that Christ might come of their seed as promised. Gen. 12:1-3).
11 This story was written for our benefit (Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
DISCUSSION:
I. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS" Esther 4:16
A. Mordecai thought Esther had come to the throne "for such a time as this." What sort of a time was it?
B. It was a time when the King and the leaders of the nation were selfish, wicked, and immoral.
C. Sin was in the saddle.
(Proverbs 29:2 NIV) When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
D. Haman was wicked to the core
E. The leaders of the provinces were wicked.
F. Consider the morals of some of our leaders today.
(Proverbs 14:34 NKJV) Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
(Matthew 15:12-14 NKJV) Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" {13} But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. {14} "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind