Whoa. 17 chapters today. That’s a good bit of reading.
Esther is definitely about the sovereignty of God… and I think you could say the exact same thing about Job. The stories and the people in the Bible are great to read, but if we don’t take away the fact that all stores are more about God’s place in our lives, then we miss the point. When life seems to be a roller coaster running out of control… we must remember that everything is under His control.
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Kingk Ahasuerus reigned over 127 provinces. he held a party. His queen didn’t show up for some reason. The king gave orders to his staff to find a replacement. Can you imagine something like this happening today?
Esther is a jew that was being raised by Mordecai. No parents. Esther is taken into custody and becomes one of the king’s prospects. She advanced quickly and became a favorite of the king. Beauty + delight.
Esther had not made her jewish background known. A plot is discovered by Mordecai that the king is in danger. He told Esther. She told the king. The truth comes out. The plotting men were hanged.
Haman becomes one of the kings officials and he has regular people bow down to him. Mordecai refuses. This angers Haman. He convinces the king to create a decree to destroy the jews.
“For such a time as this.” <– Critical take away from the entire book. God prepared Esther for the time that she would be needed to save his covenant people.
Esther already has favor with the king. She wants a feast and wants Haman’s presence. Haman thinks all is well. He things Mordecai is gonna be hung.
The king finds out that Mordecai was the one who warned Esther that a plot was against him. He honors Mordecai.
Esther lets the rest of the story be known about Haman and herself. The king is angry. Rises and sends Haman to the gallows to be hung.
The ring of the king is given to Mordecai in support of the Jews. A decree is made and publically displayed for all to see.
Esther 9 – 10
The jews destroy their enemies and celebrate the feast of Purim. The story of Mordecai is remembered and written down for future people to hear. Mordecai sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to his people.
Job is a tough book to understand. The first book says that he is blameless, but God is still sovereign and in charge. God doesn’t allow Job’s blamelessness to give him freedom to question God’s plans.
Job has a good life, but all of the sudden, it comes falling apart. Ripped away. God grants Satan access to chip away at the life of Job.
Even after losing property and children, Job proclaims that God gives and takes away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
Job’s personal health is attacked by Satan. Job does not sin yet by lashing out at God. Even when wife and friends see his suffering and press him to curse God.
Job doesn’t curse God, but he does curse the day of his birth (which I guess is doing the same thing) Faith is departing from Job.
Job 4 – 5
One of his ‘friends’ Eliphaz gets up to speak and urges Job to find the patience that has been lost. He says, “Is not the fear of God your confidence and the integrity of your ways your hope?” Eliphaz claims that Job is experiencing discipline from God. That the punishment that Job is experiencing is his own doing.
Job asks for Eliphaz to identify what in Job has been wrong. He has no idea what would cause this ‘discipline’ from God.
Job’s hopelessness is increasing. He asks God why he has become targeted with this wrath. We’ll have to wait until chapter 8 and tomorrow to see what the rest of Job’s friends have to offer as advice.