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Summary: Using the book of Esther, showing how Christian, like Esther, obtain God’s favor and can have a victorious life.

Background on the Book of Esther

Chapter 1- Queen Vash’ti banished

Chapter 2- Esther Made queen

Chapter 3- Haman’s plot to kill the Jews, because

Mordecai will not pay homage to him.

Chapter 4- Jews fast and morn, because of Haman’s

decree. Esther recieves word. Esther calls

for the Jews to fast 3 days for her.

Chapter 5- Esther goes into king’s court, he spares

her life. Esther gives first banquet for the

King and Haman.

Chapter 6- King honors Mordecai

Chapter 7- Second banquet, Haman hanged

Chapter 8- Mordaci becomes prime minister. New decree

made that the Jews can defend themselves.

Chapter 9- Fight & Victory

Chapter 10- Mordecai’s greatness.

I. Recieved Kings favor (Esther 9.1)

{note- 13 day of Adar is Feb 28}

{Kings favor symbolic of God’s Favor

Godly favor is "unmerited" (undeserved)favor -GRACE}

{King Ahasuerus favor is found in Esther chap 2

makes Esther his queen), chap 6 (favor shown to

Mordecai), and chaps 7-10(overcoming enemies and

Jews become greater).}

A. God gives us favor through Christ

Scripture Ref John 3.16 "For God so loved the

that He gave His only begotten son, that

whosoever believeth in him should not perish but

have everlasting life."

B. Because of His favor we obtain salvation

Scripture Ref Titus 2.11 "For the grace of God

that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all

men."

Scripture Ref Ephesians 2.8 "For by grace are ye

saved through faith and that not of yourselves it

is the gift of God."

C. This grace is for everyone who will come

Scripture Ref Ephesians 4.7 "But unto everyone

of us is given grae aording to the measure of the

gift of God.

II. Unite and Plan Strategy (Esther 9.2)

{symbolic of unity in Christ and study of the Word}

A. The Jews come together to fight and plan

Scripture Ref Esther 8.11 "Wherein the king

granted the Jews which were in every city to

gather themselves together..."

B. Unity is pleasing to God and a type of anointing

Scripture Ref Psalm 133.1-2 "Behold how good and

how pleasent it is for brethern to dewell

together in unity! It is like the precious

ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the

beard, even Aarron’s beard, that went down even

to the skirts of his garments."

C. Early Church were mentally & physically united

Scripture Ref Acts 2.1 "And when the day of

Pentecost was fully come they were all with one

accord in one place"

Scripture Ref Acts 2.46 "And they continuing

daily with one accord in the temple..."

D. We must plan our strategy through the Word

Scripture Ref Esther 8.11 "and to stand for

their life to destory, to slay, and to cause to

perish, all the power of the people and province

that would assault them, both little ones and

women, and to take the spoil of them for a pray."

Scripture Ref Ephesians 6.17 "the sword of the

spirit, which is the Word of God."

Supplemental Refs II Timothy 3.16,17

II Timothy 2.15

Hebrews 4.12

III. Win Favor of Enemies (Esther 9.3)

{symbolic of winning souls for Christ)

A. King’s favor brought fear to their enemies

(they won their enemies to agree with them and

many became prosylites)

Scripture Ref Esther 8.17 "And many of the

people of the land became Jews, for the fear of

the Jews fell upon them."

Scripture Ref Proverbs 16.7 "When a man’s ways

please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be

at peace with him."

B. As Christians we are called to love our enemies

Scripture Ref Romans 12.20,21 "Therefore if thine

enemy hunger, feed him, if he thirst, give him to

drink, for in doing so thou shalt heap coals of

fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but

overcome evil with good."

Scripture Ref Matthew 5.44 "But I say unto you,

Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do

good to them that hate you, pray for them which

despitefully use you, and persecute you."

IV. Come closer to the King (Esther 9.4)

{symbolic of coming closer to God}

{Mordecai beame greater and powerful because he

pleased the King}

A. Devoting ourselves to God and his statues, will

draw us closer to God

Scripture Ref I John 4.4 "Ye are of God little

Children, and have overcome them, beause greater

is he that is in you, than he that is in the

world.

Scripture Ref James 4.8 "Draw nigh to God, and he

will draw nigh to you...’

V. Victory (Esther 9.5)

{By relying on God to give power to fight the Jews,

they recieved victory}

{note-REMEMBER THEY WERE WILLING TO FIGHT}

A. As Christians God will give us the victory

Scripture Ref Esther 8.17 "And in every province,

and in every city, withersoever the king’s

commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy

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