We’re deep into our study of Esther by Beth Moore as we just finished week six in our workbooks this week. If you’ve participated in our small groups then you know we’re having some great discussions! Though we gather for our small groups online, the connection often feels as if we are in the same room together. It’s enjoyable to see the different conversations and ideas we each have about Esther. As one of the leaders mentioned, we’re a non-denominational group of women and yet the conversation seems to be centered on similar ideas. We’ve kept the conversation focused on scripture, and we always speak to one another in love…this is what has made the Womens Bible Cafe so enjoyable to those who participate.
In your workbook this week, you saw a major turn of events for Haman. The drama continues next week and we’ve just brushed the surface of his pride, anger and humility. We’re about to see an invisible God weaving history through the banquet.
Our lesson this week ended with Mordecai returning to work, after his parade of honor at the hand of Haman. Business as usual was his outward appearance, and inside we’re seeing his incredible confidence in God. Esther’s own courage explodes as she faces her executioner and meets him at the dinner table. I hope you’re excited to read the next lesson!
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Homework For The Week
- Read Week Seven in your workbook.
- If you’re using the video or audios for this study, watch Session Six
- 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 7 on Saturday
Discussion Questions- Discuss with your small group or post a comment below
- Share a moment when you knew that God strategically timed something you read of heard.
- Do you agree with some scholars who think Haman wanted to BE the king? Why do you think this might be true?
- You’ve heard the expression “we always want what we can’t have” or “the grass is greener on the other side.” What do you believe causes the human mind to carry this urge?
- Complete this sentence: I’d much rather endure _______ than humiliation.
- Have you experienced a difficult time when your friends distanced themselves emotionally? If so, what do you believe was at the root?
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Esther Online Bible Study Begins Sept 24, 2012 (sign up here)