Session 1 – A Royal Mess

Principal Questions:

  1. What was the timing and political climate of the story Esther would soon enter?
  2. In Esther 1, who attended Xerxes’ banquet?
  3. From your perspective, for what three possible reasons might Vashti have refused King Xerxes’ order?
  4. What did Memucan advise the king to do?
  5. How might the thought that “it’s tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow” have proved especially true for wives all over Persia?

PAUSE FOR THINKING

  • What are you hoping for as you begin this bible study?
  • Describe a time when you toured an estate or attended a party that left you saying something like, “Oh, the …!
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how haunted are you by the pictures of physical perfection that loom nearby?
  • When was the last time humor helped you cope?
  • The king decreed that every man should be ruler in his own home.  Why might such a tactic be hollow and self-defeating?

“A Man’s Heart Plans His Way, But The Lord Directs His Steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Esther was such a woman of faith. She had no idea what her future held when she was picked to be the new Queen of Persia. All she knew is that God was directing her every move in such a divine way, that she was able to save her Jewish people from complete destruction. I cannot imagine how frightening it would have been to be a simple girl from a simple home picked to become the a King’s wife? What a responsibility! Especially knowing that my heritage did not exactly match up with that of the Empire’s rulers. I think I would have run as fast as I could the opposite direction, and telling God along the way, “Sorry, Lord…I’m not cut out for this!”

For those who haven’t, READ the book of Esther. You will find an amazing woman who took what the Lord put before her and ran with it while never looking back! I feel (more like KNOW) I doubt the Lord’s plans for my life,  and seem to be conditional with my relationship with Him. Esther did not tell God “Well IF you do this for me THEN I will do this.” She simply had faith, and trusted the Lord’s outcomes over her own plans. She LET the Lord use her, thus enabling her to be used in such a miraculous and mighty way.

I find myself in a consistent state of not letting the Holy Spirit move in my life. Sure, in my head I think that I am following the Lord’s leading, but when do I actually ACT on it? The answer is simple: hardly ever.

I am praying that I will not be doubtful, conditional, or anxious about my future. Who knows what miraculous and mighty things the Lord has in store. I pray that I can become as faithful as Esther.

Esther: it’s tough being a woman by Beth Moore

It is indeed tough being a woman in this world but God is always there to reverse any negative situation to positive and for the good of His children.  All we have to do is turn to our king and trust Him.  I always liked the story of Esther but after this study, I gained a whole new perspective and appreciation of this book of the Bible and God revealed to me not only the privilege of my being His daughter, a royalty like Esther, but also my destiny, responsibility and obligation as His daughter.  I too believe that I was brought to this world by my Father in heaven for “such a time as this” and that God will use me in accordance with His grand plan.  I am so excited and I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do with my life next!

I pray that I will always have an attitude like Esther’s and be obedient to God at all times.  Nothing is more important than love, worship and follow my king and indeed in the process “if I perish, I perish.”

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