Book of Esther – Preaching Series

The site of King Xerxes’ palace, in Shushan

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . . I preached through the Book of Esther. Actually, it wasn’t that long ago and it wasn’t all that far away. I had a lot of fun going through this series, and learned a lot.

The primary takeaway for me was that I don’t believe any Christian should look to Esther as a role model for godly virtue or behavior. I think the text shows her to be faithless, immoral and opportunistic. Mordecai doesn’t fare much better. This is a minority view, but after careful consideration, verse by verse, I don’t think there is any way around it – Esther was not a godly woman.

Intrigued? Outraged?

Well, take a look at my preaching notes and take a listen to the sermons – they’re usually not more than 30 minutes long. I hope these bless you, and help you think past the cute Sunday School “Esther as virtuous woman” motif we’ve all heard for so long. To be sure, Esther was quite brave and God used her and her cousin to save the Jewish people from certain genocide. But, she was not a godly woman.

Who knows – maybe I’ll change my mind when I preach through the book again, one day . . .

Introduction to Esther

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

Jesus vs. King Ahasuerus (Esther 1):

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Was Esther a Good Girl? (Esther 2:1-11):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

Esther Forsakes God’s Commandments (Esther 2:12-18):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

The Plot Thickens! (Esther 2:19 – 3:6):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

Satan Always Plots, but God Always Wins! (Esther 3:7-15):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

Providence and God’s Children (Esther 4:1-17):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

Dinner, Murder and Christ (Esther 5:1-14):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

Haman is Humiliated (Esther 6:1-14):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

A Really Bad Day for Haman (Esther 7:1-10):

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God Always Wins His Battles (Esther 8:1-17):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.

God Gives Rest from all Enemies (Esther 9:1 – 10:3):

Audio is here. PDF notes are here.