Esther Online Bible Study Week 3

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

Prayer Requests

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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.

  1. What situation most recently tempted you toward mental torment?
  2. Beth says “When all is said and done, Satan can’t win and you can’t lose.” What do these words mean to you?
  3. Complete this sentence: He who delivered me from (past event) can deliver me from (present event).
  4. Based on what you’re read so far, how would you characterize King Xerxes and Haman?

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Comments

  1. 4. Based on what you’re read so far, how would you characterize King Xerxes and Haman? Mean, and Nasty.

  2. We studied the Book of Esther, as a church, and it was very interesting. Like you pointed-out, there are many “unexplained” instances. I wanted to know why the king allowed Haman to run the kingdom…. But, I believe that the king trusted him or needed to trust him, as he had so many other affairs to attend to. But, the slaughtering of a group of certain people…I can not conceive how that could be easily “okayed.” In the end, we find that the flinging of hate to others, always comes back like a boomerang. We must be careful of hurting and hating others. Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save and we must have a “like” mind when viewing people who are different than us. Many blessing! Glad to have found this blog.

    • Thanks for the comment Cynthia!

    • Historically speaking, Xerxes was said to have been the son of King Darius of Persia. Darius had conquered Belshazzar, Vashti’s father before then kidnapping Vashti and giving her to his son, Xerxes as a trophy/wife. If you look back at Vashti’s family tree, her great-grandfather, King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon was the one responsible for exiling the Jews (Esther 2:6). If you look at society today and how racism, bigotry, or prejudice are seemingly learned behaviors, it’s not difficult to understand how the hatred of a banished people could be carried from one generation to the next of a people without the knowledge of God. I don’t think that the king was necessarily evil as much as he was ignorant. When he found out his queen was of Jewish descent, he certainly changed his tune.

  3. been alot of times lately that ive been mentally torn down crying and asking for help if you trust god he will take care of things and satan cant hurt you with this trust

    • Dear Marie,
      I will keep you in my prayers. You are right–if we trust in God, we will be okay. As my grandmother would sing a line from an old hymn–weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. ~Cynthia

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