Gregg Bing - September 1, 2013

A Party

The Book of Esther

The story of Esther begins with a party. King Ahasuerus becomes angry at his beautiful queen, Vashti, because she refuses to parade her beauty before the king's guests. He deposes her as queen, but soon misses having a beautiful wife. A servant proposes a beauty pageant be arranged to choose a new queen, to which the king heartily agrees.

Scripture References: Esther 1:1-22

From Series: "The Book of Esther"

The book of Esther is a record of God's providential protection of the Jews who chose to remain in captivity rather than return to own land. This book is one of only two books of the Bible named after women. Esther, a young Hebrew woman, rises to become queen in Medo-Persia. In this position she is given the opportunity to save her people from the plot of a wicked enemy named Haman. Though reluctant at first to step forward, she is reminded by Mordecai, the older cousin who raised her, that God put her in this position "for such a time as this."

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