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Sermon shared by John Mccormack

May 2011
Summary: FOCAL POINT: FINDING FAVOR
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
ESTHER
ESTHER 2: 15
FOCAL POINT: FINDING FAVOR

KEY CHARACTERS AND INTRODUCTION:

ESTHER-A JEWISH WOMAN WHO BECOMES QUEEN IN KING XERXES’ PALACE.

XERXES (AHASUERUS) - KING OF THE PERSIAN EMPIRE FROM 485-465 B.C.

HAMAN-A PERSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL WHO TRIED TO EXTERMINATE THE JEWISH PEOPLE

MORDECAI: ESTHER’S RELATIVE (UNCLE) AND OFFICIAL IN THE PERSIAN GOVERNMENT.

IT IS UNCLEAR WHO WROTE THIS BOOK. IT IS CLEAR THAT IT WAS WRITTEN BY A JEW. THE CENTRAL THEME IS THE INSTITUTION OF THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF PURIM. PURIM IS A JEWISH HOLIDAY THAT CELEBRATES THE DELIVERANCE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM CERTAIN DEATH. AN EVIL MAN NAMED HAMAN DEVISED THE ERADICATION PLOT. THE PLOT DID NOT SUCCEED. HAMAN WAS ULTIMATELY HANGED! ESTER, USED BY GOD, APPEARED BEFORE THE PERSIAN KING AND FOILED THE CONSPIRACY.

ESTHER’ NAME MEANT “MYRTLE”. HER PERSIAN NAME MEANT “STAR”. SHE, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER WOMEN WAS CONFINED IN A HIRAM ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PLEASURE OF THE KING. SOME SCHOLARS BELIEVE THESE WOMEN WERE TECHNICALLY CONSIDERED WIVES. CLEARLY, ESTHER STOOD OUT ABOVE ALL THE OTHERS IN THE GROUP. SHE APPEARS TO BE CHARMING, BEAUTIFUL, INTELLIGENT AND SENSITIVE.

THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BOOK OF ESTHER, WE FIND THE PROVIDENTIAL HAND OF GOD OPERATING. SHE FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN.

READ ESTHER 2: 15 SHE FOUND FAVOR WITH HEGAI (EUNUCH) THE GUARDIAN OF THE WOMEN. HE CAREFULLY INSTRUCTED HER HOW TO APPROACH THE KING TO FIND FAVOR.

TWO TYPES OF FAVOR:

DIVINE FAVOR:

PROVERBS 16: 7: WHEN A MAN’S WAYS ARE PLEASING TO THE LORD, HE MAKES EVEN HIS ENEMIES TO BE AT PEACE WITH HIM.”

CHRIST IN HIS OBEDIENCE TO HIS FATHER WOULD FAVOR FOR DOING DO. THIS IS EVIDENT AT HIS BAPTISM. MT. 3: 17 “AND BEHOLD A VOICE OUT OF THE HEAVENS SAID, “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED.”

HUMAN FAVOR:

GOD GRANTED MOSES AND ISRAEL HUMAN FAVOR AND RELEASE FROM TYRANNY. EXODUS 3: 21, I WILL GRANT THIS PEOPLE FAVOR IN THE SIGHT OF THE EGYPTIANS, AND IT SHALL BE THAT WHEN YOU GO, YOU WILL NOT GO EMPTY-HANDED. READ EXODUS 3: 22 DESCRIBED THE REALITY.


LUKE 2: 52 “AND JESUS KEPT INCREASING IN WISDOM AND STATURE AND IN FAVOR OF GOD AND MEN.”

APPLICATION: ESTHER FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN THROUGH OBEDIENCE AND A WILLINGNESS TO LEARN. BELIEVER, YOU CAN DO THE SAME. “IT IS ENOUGH TO DO OUR DUTY AND PLEASE GOD.” QUOTE BY F. B. MEYER

REF: THE BIBLE FOR BLOCKHEADS BY DOUGLAS CONNELLY, THOMPSON CHAIN REFERENCE BIBLE, NKJV STUDY BIBLE BY RADMACHER, ALLEN & HOUSE, F.B. MEYER DEVOTIONAL COMMENTARY, ESTHER, HOLMAN BIBLE COMMENTARY BY KNUTE LARSON, NIV LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE BY KAREN JOBES, DR. CONTSTABLE’S NOTES ON ESTHER, BLUELETTERBIBLE.ORG, GOTQUESTIONS.ORG
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