The book of Esther begins by presenting us with a picture of what life was like under Persian King, Xerxes. He is proud, self-indulgent, and in the midst of throwing a wild party for himself and then for the capital city when the Queen, Vashti, disobeys his command. It is a tale of two cities; on the one hand, a city filled with wealth and celebration. On the other hand, a city ruled by the worst types of people. Join us as we consider why this would force Esther to consider which Kingdom she belonged to before we are ever introduced to her in the text.
Which Kingdom Do You Belong To?
September 13, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder • Esther, Babylon, Persia, Exile, Israel, Promised Land, Gospel, Grace, God's Sovereignty
The Purpose of the Exile
Jeremy Mulder • November 8, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
God's word helps us see God's purposes in the events of our lives. In the book of Esther, we are given a glimpse into the purpose of the exile, and how God's people learn to live in reliance on Him. The story also points us towards another reality: that although human leaders will always be temporary, King Jesus reigns forever.
Jeremy Mulder • October 25, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
Would you rather pursue honor for yourself, or shame? A dichotomy is presented in the book of Esther between two characters; one who pursues honor for himself, and one who pursues humility and even shame. In the end, their roles are reversed, reminding us of the role reversal of the Gospel itself: Jesus humbled himself, and was honored by God.