SERIES ON ESTHER

6 Outlines

 

Esther 1 -2

GOD PLANS AHEAD

 

You and I plan ahead for vacations, jobs that need to be done, schoolwork, and a host of other things.  There would be a major move to wipe out the whole Jewish race. In these  chapters we see God making advance plans to save His nation from extinction.

 

PRELIMINARY EVENTS LEADING TO PROTECTION -

Chapter 1

1. THE KING'S SHOW - Vss. 1-9

2. THE QUEEN'S SEPARATION - Vss. 10-12

3. THE NATION STUNNED - Vss. 13-18

4. MEMUCAN'S SOLUTION Vss. 19-22

 

PROMINENT LESSONS ABOUT PROTECTION - Chapter 2

1. MAN DOES NOT DO THINGS GOD'S WAY! - Vss. 1-4

2. GOD MAKES PLANS IN ADVANCE. - Vss. 5-7

3. GOD EXERCISES HIS WILL THROUGH MAN'S PLANS. -

Vss. 8-20

4. GOD PUTS HIS SERVANTS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME. - Vss. 21-23.

 

(If you think this is too much material for one sermon or lesson, you now have material for 2 sermons or lessons!)

 

 

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Esther 3-4

JEWS IN JEOPARDY

 

Long before Hitler tried to annihilate the Jews it was attempted by a man named Haman. However, God had chosen vessels, Mordecai and Esther in the right place to help defeat this wicked man.

 

I. WRETCHEDNESS AGAINST THE JEWS, Chapter 3

A DETERMINED POSITION Vss. 1-6

Because of Mordecai's refusal to bow to Haman, Haman took the position of determining to eliminate all Jews in the Persian empire.

A DECEITFUL PRESENTATION Vss. 7-11

After casting the lot to determine the right time, Haman deceived the king into thinking that the Jews deserved to be destroyed.

A DEVILISH PROCLAMATION Vss. 12-15

All the Jews were to be destroyed in one day.

 

II. WILLINGNESS TO HELP THE JEWS Chapter 4

MORDECAI'S EXPLANATION Vss. 1-9

ESTHER'S EXCUSE Vss. 10-12

MORDECAI'S EXHORTATION Vss. 13-14

God would save the Jews. But Esther was placed where she was for just this time. She was to be willing take a chance to save her people.

ESTHER'S EXPECTATION Vss. 15-17

Esther expected to take the chance of appearing before the king without an invitation. She would go to intercede in behalf of her people.  If the king extended his golden scepter, she would live.

If he did not extend the scepter, she would die.

 

 

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Esther 5

COURAGE!

 

One of the qualities which is shown by both Mordecai and Esther is courage.  In this passage, we see them making a stand for what is right, and for God. God's name is not mentioned in the Book of Esther,  but it appears obvious that Esther, Mordecai, and the Jews were making a stand for, and being helped by Him.

 

COURAGE TO TAKE RISKS Vss. 1-3

Even as queen, Esther was not allowed into the king's presence unless she were summoned. To appear without being requested was to risk one's life. If the king did not extend his golden scepter, she would be executed.  Esther took the risk because wicked Haman had passed a law that would have all Jews killed. The king did extend the scepter.

 

COURAGE TO FOLLOW GOD'S PLAN Vss. 4-8

We do not know what human reason caused Esther to have two banquets for the king and Haman before telling the king about Haman's wickedness.  We do know that God had a reason. In chapter 5, Haman is humbled and Mordecai is honored as a hero who saved the king's life. Esther obviously did things God's way and not her own.

 

COURAGE TO HONOR GOD Vss. 9-14

As usual Mordecai would not bow down to Haman.

He did what was right, in spite of possible consequences.

Haman's plan was to execute Mordecai.

Do we do what was in right in spite of possible negative consequences?

 

 

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Esther 6

GOD IN CONTROL

 

There are times when things seem very out of control. Everything appears to be going wrong!  And yet, in war, in peace, in bad times, in good times, in sickness, and in health, God is still on the throne, and Jesus Christ is still Lord!

 

The Book of Esther, which never mentions God by name, is a great example of God's control in a bad situation.  Wicked Haman was trying to eliminate the Jews, Mordecai in particular.  Queen Esther and Mordecai were working against Haman's wicked decree to have all Jews killed (Esther 3).  Part of Esther's plan to expose Haman before the king was a series of two banquets for just the king and Haman. Haman, however decided that it was time to have Mordecai hung from the gallows (Esther 5).  In Esther 6 we see God in Control, in spite of Haman's terrible plan.

 

THE RIGHT TOUCH, Vss.. 1-3

God touches the King so he can't sleep.  He has his chronicles read before him. God touches the reading of the chronicles so that Mordecai's previous good deed of saving the king's life is read. The king discovers that no reward had been given Mordecai.

 

THE RIGHT TIMING, Vss. 4-6

Haman arrived early to the court to see the king about hanging Mordecai that very day.  The king asks who is in the court, and summons Haman to ask him how to honor someone in a special way. Haman thinks the king wants to honor Haman..

 

THE RIGHT TESTIMONY, Vss. 7-11

Haman suggests a public display of  honor, including wearing the king's clothes, riding the king's horse, and having one of the king's noblest princes lead the person through the city with words of praise.

The king liked what he heard and told Haman to do it for Mordecai.

This display would help Mordecai's position when he later became prime minister, and worked to save the Jews.

 

THE RIGHT THOUGHTS, Vss. 12-14

Haman was warned by family and friends that he was in big trouble.

They were correct. God was in control!

 

 

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Esther 7-8

VICTORY!

 

HAMAN'S REMOVAL – Ezra 7:10

Explanation Of The Jews' Peril Vss. 1-4

Exposure Of Haman's Wickedness Vss. 5-6

Execution Of Haman Vss. 7-10

 

ISRAEL'S RESCUE – Ezra 8:1-17

Mordecai's Rise To Power Vss. 1-2, 15-17

Esther's Request For Help Vss. 3-6

The King's Resolution To The Problem Vss. 7-14

The Jews’ Celebrations of Joy Vss. 15-17

 

 

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Esther 9-10

GOD'S COMPLETED WORK

 

God always finishes His work.  God finished creation. God finished the work to secure salvation on the cross. God will finish all of His work in order to fulfill prophecy of end times.  At the end of the book of Esther we find God completing His work.  (You will want to review the story of Esther as you preach this message.)

 

CONFRONTATION 9:1-16

The Jews confront their enemies and win!

CELEBRATION 9:17-19

COMMEMORATION 9:20-32

The feast of Purim was established, and is still celebrated by the Jews today.

COMMENDATION 10:1-3

Mordecai is held in high esteem.

 

 

 

 

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