Esther: An Orphan Who Saved A Nation
Sermon shared by Reg Watson
Summary: A sermon built on the 50 Day Spiritual Adventure series "More Than Survivors."
Audience: General adults
In a rage, the King leaves the room. Haman knowing his fate is sealed, throws himself on the couch where Esther is reclining to beg for his life. About that time the king comes back in, sees Haman laying on the couch next to the queen and infuriated the king says, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?” Poor old Haman, a victim of his own undoing.
Someone gets word to the king that a gallows has been built in Haman’s own yard upon which Mordecai was to be hanged. The king says, “Hang Haman there!” Haman is dragged out kicking and screaming and hanged on the very gallows he intended for Mordecai.
Esther then asks the king to overrule the edict initiated by Haman to destroy all the Jews. The king happily agrees and a new royal edict is issued that all the Jews in every province throughout all Persia are to be protected and have the right to defend themselves from any and all attackers.
Esther continues to find favor with the king. Mordecai is elevated to second in command of the Xerxes’ kingdom. And all the Jews in every region, throughout all Persia celebrated. There was feasting and joy and gladness in all the land for the Jews had been spared.
A happy ending to a remarkable story full of twists and turns and plots and deception, which resulted in ultimate victory for God’s people.
So what are the practical applications we can glean from the story of Esther and apply to our own lives? Well, there are at least five things we can glean from this little book that will help us in our walk with the Lord.
First, we see that God will put us in the right place at the right to serve him and to accomplish his will. For example: It’s not coincidental that Mordecai overhears two of the kings guards plotting Xerxes execution. The fact that God had Mordecai in the right place at the right time to stop the assassination of the king was very important for the future of the Jews.
Second, Esther is another good example of God having his person in the right place at the right time. An edict from the king himself has gone out to destroy the Jews. Mordecai knows it’s no veiled threat; the lives of God’s people are in grave danger. Mordecai says to Esther, “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to the royal position for such a time as this.” Meaning, to save God’s people from destruction.
It’s no accident that Esther becomes queen when she did. God placed Esther in the right place at the right time to carry out his will and his plan for the salvation of his people. Mordecai knew that, and Esther learned it.
The same holds true for us. God has us in the right place at the right time to serve him and bring about the fulfillment of his will. It’s not coincidental that you work where you do. It’s not fate that you live in the neighborhood you live in. Your lives, your relationships, your jobs, your friends, your everything is not just dumb- luck. It’s providence. God has something for you to do. God has placed you where you’re at to be an influence for him in the lives of the people with whom you come in contact.
It’s no accident that you’re
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