Esther 9 and 10

In the final chapters, the Jews initiate and celebrate the feast of Purim, honoring Esther who stood up to defend her people the Jews in ancient Persia.

Esther 8

Esther saved her people from destruction in old Persia, and the enemy Haman was hanged. While the King was not able to reverse the law that the Jews were to be slain, another law was written giving the Jews the right to defend themselves against their detractors.

Esther 6:7-7:10

Mordecai is honored by the king, and evil Haman is caught in his own trap! He does not realize how God arranged for Esther and Mordecai to appeal to King Darius for the life of the Jews and the execution of Haman.

Esther 5:5-6:8

In the providence of God, Haman's murderous plot against the Jews starts to unravel. God enables Mordecai to gain the favor of King Darius, and Haman is unaware of the noose being prepared for his own neck.

Esther 4:3-5:4

Esther, herself a Jew, has "come to the kingdom for such a time as this" to go into the very throne room at the risk of her life, and will be able to expose the wicked Haman's plot to destroy the Jews.

Esther 3:7-4:2

Haman the anti-Semite plotted to eradicate the Jewish people, tricking King Xerxes into signing their death warrant. But God was preparing a little scheme of his own against Haman.

Esther 2:16-3:6

Esther is picked to be King Xerxes's new queen! Meanwhile, Mordecai happens to overhear a plot against the king, and saves his life. And at the same time, Haman, the enemy of the Jews, began to scheme.

Esther 2:4-15

Possibly the first beauty contest in history, as Xerxes's officials suggest a way to replace Queen Vashti with another more beautiful. And as Esther is picked as a candidate, we see God's hand through imperfect situations, arranging events to preserve his people.

Esther1:4-2:3

Xerxes, king of Persia, wined and dined his generals as he sought to fire them up to engage the Greeks in battle. And it was to be a losing cause; but God was arranging things for the preservation of his people.

Esther 1:1-3

The introduction to the one book that never mentions the name of God~! Instead, it is a book about how God works his purposes mysteriously through human history for the benefit of His people.

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