A Star Is Born
Big Idea: Every one of us is born with a unique destiny. We each have a Kingdom Purpose – although that purpose may seem small at the moment, it will have eternal consequences.
Scripture: For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 ESV
The Story of Esther: (about 470 BC in Persia – modern day Iran)
Chapter 1. The King of Persia was enjoying his Kingdom with an extravagant banquet. He called his wife, Queen Vashti in, to show off her beauty, but she refused to come. He was embarrassed, and he ordered her to be executed so that other wives wouldn’t get the idea they could refuse their husbands.
Chapter 2. The King became lonely, and decided to hold a beauty contest so that he could find a new wife. Mordecai was a Jewish refugee. He had a niece whom he believed would be able to win the prize and become the queen, so he entered Esther, “star”, into the contest. She was chosen as one of the contestants and was put through a twelve-month preparation period.
Chapter 3. Haman was promoted as Prime Minister. He was very proud and insisted that everyone bow down to him whenever he came through town. But Mordecai refused to bow, so Haman hated him.
Chapter 4. Mordecai heard about the evil plot and told the queen, but it was dangerous for her to approach the king without being summoned. Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:13-16
Chapter 5. Esther invited the king and Haman to a special banquet. Haman’s pride swells because he thought the king and queen loved him. He didn’t know that Esther was a Jew.
Chapter 6. That night the king couldn’t sleep, so he asked for the royal records to read. In it, he noted that Mordecai had saved his life by warning him of the assassination plot, but he’d never been rewarded for his loyalty.
Chapter 7. On the evening of the second feast, the king was so delighted with Esther that he said, “make any request of me and it shall be granted.”
Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?” And Esther said, “A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen. Esther 7:5-6 ESV
The king was so furious, he went outside to get a breath of air. Meanwhile Haman fell at Esther’s feet and pled for Mercy. The king walked back and saw Haman fawning over his wife.
Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Esther 7:9-10a ESV
Chapter 8. On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her. And the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. Esther 8:1-2 ESV
Chapters 9 and 10. That day a plan was instituted to save the Jews from annihilation. There was an overwhelming victory on the day that had been set for killing all Jews, and the Feast of Purim was established to remember Esther’s great work. For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people. Esther 10:3
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