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A Christian Study Next post: What Is Speaking In Tongues? What Is the Rapture? Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him. Mordecai sat within the king's gate: This position indicates that Mordecai was associated with the decision makers and men of influence in the kingdom. Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her: Some have thought that the book of Esther carries this idea of concealment too far.
This book has been criticized because it does not mention the name of God as neither does the Song of Solomon. Some say that the name of God was left out of Esther because of its use in the festivities surrounding Purim, where people commonly became drunk. Others see the name YHWH hidden in acrostics, based on the initial and final letters of successive words in Esther 1: In some manuscripts, the letters in these words are written a bit larger to give them prominence.
Perhaps also Esther does not contain the name of God because it was written under Persian rule, and for distribution in the Persian Empire. Most likely, Esther doesn't have the name of God because it shows how God works behind the scenes; God is always active in Esther, even though it is behind the scenes. In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king's gate, two of the king's eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.
So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai's name. And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king. The matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king: Mordecai's attitude wasn't "I'm a Jewish man in exile under a pagan king, so I do not care if he is killed. This threat of assassination was real.
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Ahasuerus was eventually murdered by his prime minister, who placed Artaxerxes I on the throne. Both were hanged on a gallows: The word gallows is literally tree ; the idea that they were hanged on a tree probably refers not to a hanging with a noose around the neck, but to impalement on a stake, much like crucifixion. A most dreadful species of punishment, in which revenge and cruelty may glut the utmost of their malice. The culprit lives a considerable time in excruciating agonies. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.
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THE BOOK OF ESTHER
Ezekiel Bob Davis Matthew Study Guide for Esther 2. Esther Is Chosen Queen A. The gathering together of a harem for King Ahasuerus. Esther in the courts of the king. Mordecai saves the king's life. When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was.
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Chapters 8 through 10 recount the rejoicing of the Jews for their deliverance and the celebration that was set on the 14th day of the month Adar to commemorate this great event. It has been celebrated by the Jews ever since as a great day of deliverance and is known as the Feast of Purim. Purim derives its name from the word pur, meaning lot, as in the casting of lots.
Haman had cast lots to find the best day to destroy the Jews In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur that is, the lot , before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. Esther is also an inspiring story about a remarkable woman who was willing to risk her life to save her people. She was a woman of principle who was willing to put the lives of others ahead of even her own life.
She was an outstanding example of serving others even under the most stressful circumstances. Most of the time our lives may be pretty routine, but all of us have a few defining moments when we may be called on to put godly principle above personal benefit. What will you do when you encounter those defining moments in your life? Will you choose to do the right thing as opposed to what might give you some personal benefit?
Background to the book of Esther The story of Esther takes place in the Persian Empire during the reign of Ahasuerus, known more familiarly to us by the Greek form of his name, Xerxes I. The author of the book of Esther is unknown, though some attribute the work to Mordecai. Summary of the story Chapter 1 sets the scene in the Persian court.
The king selected Esther to be his new queen, but Mordecai counseled her to not reveal the fact that she was a Jew, because Jews were still held in some suspicion throughout the Persian Empire. Two men plotted to kill the king, but Mordecai became aware of the plot and had Esther reveal it to the king. This incident turns out to have a great deal to do with the rest of the story.
This so incensed Haman that he succeeded in getting the king to issue an edict that all the Jews in the land should be destroyed verses She invited the king and Haman to a banquet that day. The king accused Haman of trying to assault his wife, the queen, and he ordered Haman to be hanged on the very gallows that Haman had built to kill Mordecai So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Students of the Bible know that fasting was done to draw closer to God and was accompanied by heartfelt prayers Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
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