How To Be Brave
Bravery in Circumstances
Esther 1 & 2 • July 31, 2016 • Pastor Thor Ramsey
The Bible is filled with stories of men and women who obeyed God in such courageous ways that the only word we can use to describe them is brave. And as we begin our series in the book of Esther today, the main character in our story can certainly be described as brave. The book of Esther is itself a brave book. It is the only book in the entire Bible that never mentions God by name, which is very interesting in a compilation of books inspired by God. However, something else occurs in the book of Esther that is hard for us to see because of our unfamiliarity with the Bible itself. What happens all throughout the book of Esther can be compared to movies that reference other movies. For instance, in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, after Ferris gets Cameron to leave his dad’s Ferrari with a parking garage valet, we see the valet and his buddy out joyriding in it. We see them soaring through the air in the car in a shot that echoes the Millennium Falcon jumping into hyperspace as the Star Wars theme plays. This happens all throughout Esther. As the story plays out, it shadows scenes from other Old Testament biblical stories. By the end of the book we will see God’s hand in every detail of every aspect of every life in this book.