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.
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
Jesus vs. King Ahasuerus (Esther 1):
Was Esther a Good Girl? (Esther 2:1-11):
Esther Forsakes God’s Commandments (Esther 2:12-18):
The Plot Thickens! (Esther 2:19 – 3:6):
Satan Always Plots, but God Always Wins! (Esther 3:7-15):
Providence and God’s Children (Esther 4:1-17):
Dinner, Murder and Christ (Esther 5:1-14):
Haman is Humiliated (Esther 6:1-14):
A Really Bad Day for Haman (Esther 7:1-10):
God Always Wins His Battles (Esther 8:1-17):
God Gives Rest from all Enemies (Esther 9:1 – 10:3):