Welcome back to online Bible study for women as we discuss Esther by Beth Moore. We’ve finished reading week three and examined our third scenario “It’s tough being a women in a mean world!” I doubt anyone reading this would disagree, yet how many of us prayed over this during the week? Take some time and reflect on this. Give it to God in prayer. Ask if you are misjudging people, or if you need protection only a Savior can provide.
In our study this week we saw Mordecai refused to bow to Haman, despite his many opportunities. Beth reminds us “Mordecai did not slander, but he also did not kneel.” Have you been in this position before? It’s challenging to be quiet in a world centered around social media. Here in the United States you’ve probably noticed the presidential election and numerous “friends” slamming the candidates, media, and other friends for taking a position. Sometimes it’s just downright ugly! While we don’t have to vote for a particular candidate, we certainly don’t reflect Christ as we slander the other candidate! Take notice this week of your Christian friends slandering others. Better yet…take a look at your own timeline and tweets!
Remember Colossians 3:2 NLT Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
Haman was not thinking in the eternal when he made the decision to kill all the Jews. His decision was fueled by rage towards a population of people and his actions today would be considered both a hate crime and terrorism. Why then, did the King agree to his scheme! Once again the author of Esther leaves out important details and we’re forced to draw our own conclusions. Clearly this mass murder was Haman’s idea…yet the King put his seal of approval on it. Beth Moore points us to scripture as lots are drawn for the execution day, and we learn “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” Prov 16:33 NLT
Haman advised the King not to tolerate the Jews. I searched scripture and could only find the word “tolerate” nine times in the NLT Bible. This verse caught my attention: I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride. Psalm 101:5 NLT
As we move into week four next week, think about this scripture verse: Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes. 2 Chronicles 19:7 NLT
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Homework For The Week
- Read Week Four in your workbook.
- If you’re using the video or audios for this study, watch Session Three
- Join a small group this week. To see the small group schedule please click here
- For those in my Saturday small group, we’ll be discussing week 4 on Saturday
Discussion Questions- Discuss with your small group or answer them here when you post a comment below
Have you ever felt compelled to react more dramatically to a situation because certain people were watching? Describe such an occasion.
- What situation most recently tempted you toward mental torment?
- Beth says “When all is said and done, Satan can’t win and you can’t lose.” What do these words mean to you?
- Complete this sentence: He who delivered me from (past event) can deliver me from (present event).
- Based on what you’re read so far, how would you characterize King Xerxes and Haman?
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Esther Online Bible Study Begins Sept 24, 2012 (sign up here)