Summary: Though God is never mentioned in this book, his fingerprints are all over the story of the heroic Esther and Mordecai. Study along as we discuss the ins and outs of living for God in a godless culture.
LIVING FOR GOD IN A GODLESS CULTURE
HUMILITY OR HUMILIATION - Esther 6:1-13
-Hook: Ever have a week you aren’t too proud of?
-A week where you weren’t patient enough with your kids?
-Or you weren’t kind enough to your wife?
-Ever had a week where you just didn’t get all the things done you that you wanted to?
-You had to apologize for saying something stupid?
-Where you meant to exercise one day and ate chips instead?
-Where you ruined a load of laundry because you didn’t check the pockets like your wife has told you to do 100 times?
-Ever had a week you weren’t too proud of?
-And then you realized that you’re preaching on humility?
-This passage makes my week make more sense. Talking about…
• Mordecai crossed Haman.
• Haman issued a decree to kill all the Jews.
• Mordecai and all the Jews are in mourning.
• Esther prepares to ask the King for mercy.
-Throws a feast and the king asks what do you really want…
-She chickens out…and says let’s have dinner again tomorrow.
-On the way out Haman sees Mordecai and is furious
-His friends say, “Why not just have him killed?”
-Great idea, sharpen a 75 foot pole and tomorrow Mordecai dies!
-Our story picks up back at the palace with King Xerxes
VS 6:1 That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him. 2 In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king’s private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xerxes.
-I like to read at bedtime…it helps me fall asleep.
-Many people read when they can’t sleep…read something boring
-What could be more boring...history of his own reign.
-Let me read the historical account of my rise to power.
-Tell me how great I am and what I’ve done.
-BTW doesn’t read it himself…makes someone else get up in the middle of the night and read it to him and he discovers something
-Remember back in ch 2…Mordecai uncovered assassination plot
-The two bad guys were impaled on a sharpened pole…lot of that going around in Persia.
-Here is where things get interesting…a thought occurs to the king
VS 3 “What reward or recognition did we ever give Mordecai for this?” the king asked. His attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.”
-Amazing that the king hadn’t honored Mordecai
-He literally saved his life…but was given no reward
-Xerxes may have been a degenerate scum bag, but no one messes everything up.
-He thinks maybe I ought to reward the guy who saved my life.
-This is where we really begin to see God’s providence begin to show up in the story.
-The world believes in co-incidence we believe in providence.
-Even though God’s name is never used in this book, his handiwork is seen throughout the story.