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Esther

  1. What do you think of the decree of Ahasuerus – that every man should have the rule of his own house (Esther 1:22)? Was this edict in his domain? Is it a popular idea today? Is it scriptural?
  2. When Esther was taken to the king, she required no special gowns or ornaments (Esther 2:15). What does this indicate?
  3. Esther obtained the favor of all who looked her. How can we obtain the favor and goodwill of others?
  4. Did Esther do right or wrong in concealing her identity?
  5. What good characteristics does Esther appear to have had?
  6. Many say that Esther was a wicked woman: she was wrong to leave her good home for a heathen one, she committed adultery by marrying the king, and she requested an extra day for revenge for her people (Esther 9:12-16). What is your opinion of this appraisal of Esther?
  7. The feast of Purim was made an annual affair. Is it good to remember past sorrows and trials, or is it better to relegate all such things to the past? Why?
  8. What would you say is the most important lesson taught by the book of Esther? Name some others as well.
  9. Show how God’s providence is seen throughout the story.

One Comment

    1. God decreed it when he took Adam’s rib. He was the ruler at the time and would send the edict. Non-Christians do not understand the concept. Eph. 5:22-23, Gen. 2
    2. She must have been very poised and beautiful to attract the king’s attention. The Glory of God was upon her.
    3. To find favor with others, you need to be pleasant and honorable. If you are not trustworthy people will not trust and rely on you.
    4. She did as Mordecai asked her to do. She respected what he told her.
    5. Trustworthy, faithful, loving, gentle, and obedient. She had acceptance and no bitterness for her situation.
    6. Esther 4:14 “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther did the right thing knowing that God was in charge.
    7. We can learn a great deal from past trials and sorrows and try not to repeat them.
    8. Trust in God and much can be achieved. Faith, courage, respect, and love.
    9. 1) Queen Vashti being destroyed.
      2) Esther becoming a queen (who believed in God)
      3) Mordecai learning of revolt
      4) The king finding favor with Esther
      5) Haman’s plan backfiring

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