Esther overview

est.jpgGreetings!  This is an overview of Esther, an Old Testament book written roughly 470 B.C.  It is 10 chapters long and is easy to read.

The events takes place in the palace of the King of Persia.  The Israelites had been taken by force from their homeland a couple hundred years earlier.  They had been permitted to return but many had not, including Esther and her uncle Mordecai. 

Esther becomes Queen after the King gets mad at the previous Queen and removes her.  Mordecai discovers a plot by the evil Haman that would have all the Jews killed.  Esther must decide whether to risk her life and speak up for her people. 

Esther, along with Ruth, is one of the two books of the Bible named for women.

The book has no mention of God but his presence is felt throughout. 

The writer is unknown, though it may have been Mordecai, Ezra or Nehemiah.

Esther contains one of my favorite verses, where Mordecai is encouraging Esther to get involved.  It captures much of the theme of this book and is a great challenge for us all.  God may not have put us in a “royal position,” but He has put us somewhere.  And there are opportunities to serve him wherever we go, even though we’ll have to take risks along the way.  His sovereign will is going to be fulfilled whether we do our part or not.

Esther 4:14 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 royal position for such a time as this?

Being part of God’s plan is a true joy.  Are you remaining silent at this time, or are you using the gifts, talents and position God has given you? 

There are also examples in Esther of what happens when we let hate and revenge consume us.  The evil Haman had it all, but threw it away because of his hatred for one man. 


2 Responses

  1. Through ordinary people, God overcomes impossible obstacles to accomplish His gracious will.
    A central purpose of the this book is also to record the annual festival of Purim, a yearly reminder of God’s faithfulness to His people.

  2. Neil,

    I know this is a lot of work. Thanks for taking the time to keep your Bible Study blog going.

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