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Summary: Esther had many good qualities but she was not a person I would want my daughter to emulate in all of her ways

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THE TRAGEDY OF A ONE NIGHT STAND

7/8/09 Esther 2:1-20

1. Some Realities We need to Face

a. Mordecai – Tribe of Benjamin – related Saul

1. Grandfather was Shemei – threw rocks at David

i. Zadok wanted to cut his head off – David stopped him

2. 60 yrs earlier Jews were permitted to return Jerus

i. Find Mord. here and serving Persian’s

ii. should have returned w/Nehemiah or Ezra

iii. some say - a eunuch – disqualified worship

3. Whatever reason he was not a practicing Jew

i. Knew teachings of Torah – did not keep

ii. Certain things would not do–most things would

b. Esther – around 20 – 25 yrs. old

1. Areas of Her Life-Never want Daughters –emulate

i. Denial of Her Faith

ii. Violation of God’s Word

Married a non Jew & sex-outside of marriage

Whether by rape or willingness sex did occur

iii. Married to a drunken bully

no record of her after his death – executed

could have been put aside herself

2. There are Some Areas that are Commendable

i. Beauty – inward instead of outward

ii. Modesty – beauty was a gift not a right

iii. Integrity – sudden fame did not change

iv. Decisiveness – time to act came she acted!!

2. Some Concessions We Need to Make

a. Purpose of the Book - not to teach about man

i. Not Love story between Esther & Ahaserus

ii. “One Night with the King” – not fact or Bible

b. Purpose is to teach of

i. God’s Hand in History

ii. God’s Love for Israel

iii. God’s blessings on those who love Israel

1.GOSPEL PRINCIPLE OF SOWING & REAPING IS ALWAYS IN EFFECT V. 1

A. What’s Done Usually Can’t Be Undone

1. Remembered Vashti’s Beauty

2. Remembered Her Loyalty

a. If she had showed herself – considered adultery

3. Too Late! – That’s How it is – think after the fact

a. Filled up with “if onlys” and “what ifs”

B. Laws of Sowing & Harvest

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

2. BAD COUNSELORS USUALLY GIVE BAD COUNSEL Vs. 2-4

A. Don’t Try to Right A Wrong

1. Jesus said Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has ought against you; 24 Leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

2. Zacheus said “if I have stolen I will repay”

a. Jesus said “this day salvation Has come”

B. Judge Person’s Worth -Outward Appearance

1. “Fair Young Virgins”

2. Jesus -What was important came from heart

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NCV) It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. 4 No, your beauty should come from within you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that will never be destroyed and is very precious to God.

One lady said, “I smiled the other day when I came across the results of a survey which found that 15% of the women questioned tinted their hair, 22% wore false eyelashes, 38% periodically wore wigs or hairpieces, 80% wore rouge or some kind of facial cosmetics, 93% used nail polish, 98% wore some kind of eye makeup, and 100% voted in favor of a resolution condemning any kind of false packaging.”


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