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This week’s podcast provides a brief overview of the book of Esther.  It continues the story of the Jews in exile which began in the books of Daniel and Ezra.

The story of Esther falls between chapters 6 and 7 of the Book of Ezra.  Thus its events occur after the return of Zerubbabel and before the return of Ezra to Jerusalem.

This short book contains only 10 chapters, and in them we read a story that tells us of God’s providence and sovereignty.  It suggests that God has placed us in a particular place at a particular time for a reason.

(Photo: Xerxes attending the lashing and "chaining" of the Hellespont. Illustration from 1909. CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)

(Photo: Xerxes attending the lashing and “chaining” of the Hellespont. Illustration from 1909. CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)

God placed Esther in the palace of the Persian king so that she could save His people.  However, as Mordecai tells her, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)

As in Esther’s story, there are times when we cannot see God actively involved in our lives.  The Book of Esther makes it clear that God is always at work whether we are aware of Him or not, furthering His plan of redemption for creation.

God has providentially placed us in a particular time and place to reveal Him to a society that is fighting against Him.  God has placed us where we are to rescue His people so that they may live eternally with Him.  That’s an even greater story than that of Esther!

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Outline - The Book of Esther
A Timeline of the Book
(Photo: The opening chapter of a hand-written scroll of the Book of Esther, with reader's pointer. By Chefallen CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)

(Photo: The opening chapter of a hand-written scroll of the Book of Esther, with reader’s pointer. By Chefallen CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)

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