The king extended the gold scepter in his hand toward Esther, and she approached and touched the tip of the scepter. Then Esther reports it to her new husband, Ahasuerus. Because we all know that a law of the Medes and Persians cannot be revoked. Browse Sermons on Esther 2. A. Mordecai believed that the end justifies the means. Daniel was commended for not eating the king’s un-kosher food because he was Jewish. During this period, Xerxes fought the Grecian war. 11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her. He allowed Mordecai to be in Shushan to begin with and then to be in the gate to uncover the plot and have his name written down in a book. Let’s read about that in 2:15-18. What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? But Esther’s just obeying her adopted father Mordecai. He loved her and made her his queen. So Esther really finds favor with Hegai. Close. There are probably some health benefits to these practices and we could probably explain them and such, but I think the point is again that this is over-the-top and very much in keeping with Ahasuerus’ character. Moses forsook his Egyptian upbringing to experience suffering with God’s people. Esther 2 – Esther Is Chosen Queen A. And Mordecai’s heroic deed is written in a book… and promptly forgotten. When the king announced the search for a potential queen Mordecai considered it an opportunity. 2:12 ¶ Now when every maid’s turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;) 13 Then thus came every maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king’s house. Long before Hitler tried to annihilate the Jews it was attempted by a man named Haman. Esther Chapter 2 (2 of 6) Series: The Book of Esther Dr. Harley Howard Esther 2 1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her. He treats her very well. the king issued this edict when he was very angry, External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. Good out of the Bad. The king hangs the perpetrators. ◄ Esther 2:7 ► And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah (that is, Esther), the daughter of his uncle, because she did not have a father or mother. Well, that’s her Jewish name. But it seems like he almost regrets what he decreed in his burning anger. So he placed the royal crown upon her head and made her queen in place of Vashti. He loved her. Your email address will not be published. 1. Esther the queen is Jewish, though it is not known by others. Well, I think verse 11 is meant to soften us even further to him. He’s raising his deceased uncle’s daughter – his cousin – whose name is Hadassah. So while the king is hesitating, his attendants encourage him to follow-through on his decree. So she’s placed in the custody of Hegai. Esther 2:16 tells us that Esther became queen in Xerxes' seventh year; and, as the great feast mentioned in the previous chapter was in his third year (Esther 1:3), we must understand a time lapse of some four years in between Esther 1 and Esther 2. OK, so let’s get angry at him. JEWS IN JEOPARDY . Esther was so beautiful she didn’t need to bring anything with her. And all the while she’s managing to keep her identity hidden. Esther Chosen Queen. And we’re supposed to love this man Mordecai. 2. So in these first 2 chapters we’ve seen God Providentially Placing His People. Chapter 2, verse 16, “So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign” And then this, “The king loved Esther more than all the other women.” That must have been a very special lady, because after you’ve seen hundreds, it could all kind of blur. So, God Providentially Places His People. I mean, the text states that she was just doing what she was told. Series: Esther. (If you think this is too much material for one sermon or lesson, you now have material for 2 sermons or lessons!) Esther 2:1-18 Introduction • Open Bibles to Esther 2:1-18 • Baby Pic • Series- God’s Perfect Work Through Imperfect People • This books tells a story of how a young, orphaned Jewish girl became the Queen of Persia & saved her people from a plot to destroy them. And then in the morning the girl would go into the harem for the concubines. Should he have told her to reveal her identity? I’m glad you asked. If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill … Yep, he had a feast! Continue. Is that OK? 16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name. … And yet he did issue a decree. Sermons from Esther Marching Off the Map (Esther 4) For Such A Time As This - 1st Anniversary Message (Esther 4:14) Overcoming Fear of the Future (Esther 4:12-16) Latest blog posts. He wanted the best for her. Let’s read 2:5-8. Mordecai is naturally quite concerned, because we find him keeping watch on Esther (v. 11). Date written: September 26th, 2004 Scripture ref: Esther 2:5-9. Was his love a little misguided? Historians tells us that this occasionally happened to replace the older members of the harem. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Esther 2:17 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "GOD'S PROVIDENTIAL RULE." The material are of very great help and I plan to use it with my bible study group for the GLORY OF OUR GOD. Your email address will not be published. But the amazing narrative of Esther reveals that God is most powerfully and lovingly present when he appears most absent. He probably worried about Esther’s future because he was the only protector she had and there will be no one to look after her after his death. The gathering together of a harem for King Ahasuerus. Who will be the lucky one to take Vashti’s place? SUBJECT: Biography TITLE: Lessons from the Life of Esther PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will note several lessons from the book of Esther. When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king’s gate. Apparently there was a second gathering of virgins from across the land. Esther Chosen Queen. Learn how your comment data is processed. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? He’s such a superlative man – extreme and extravagant. And I think a little contrast to Vashti is intended here. The young woman was lovely in form and appearance, and when her father and mother had died, Mordecai had taken her in as his own daughter. And one day Esther had her turn with the king. Why are we left to wonder? Sometimes you read through a biblical story and you wonder if whatever’s being described is good or bad. Alright, so there was a pretty involved vetting process in this beauty pageant. 2:15 ¶ Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. So, with this royal decree to collect beautiful young women, Esther was chosen to go to the harem for a chance to be the new queen of Persia. It’s nice that the Bible doesn’t say much more about that. I wonder what happens when he cools off. How many songs did Solomon compose. 17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. How many proverbs did Solomon write? Sermons from Esther 2 Marching Off the Map (Esther 4) For Such A Time As This - 1st Anniversary Message (Esther 4:14) Overcoming Fear of the Future (Esther 4:12-16) Latest blog posts. 2:9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king’s house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women. 1. ***** Esther 3-4. Esther 2:19. Esther, the lowly Jewish girl. Read the Scripture: Esther 1 - 2 Esther is one of the neglected books of the Bible. Dennis Rokser . 8 So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women. Read about it in 2:12-14. Members can download this audio file for free! The king's anger was satisfied, ended, finished as he brought to mind what Vashti had done and what was done to her. And we’ll see as the story unfolds in the next few weeks that these placements were crucial for the survival of the Jews. ◄Esther 5:2 ► As soon as the king saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard, she found favor in his sight. So Vashti could not come into his presence again. So she didn’t go home. 2. As we begin this Esther 2 sermon we need to remember, the king issued this edict when he was very angry. In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite. 2 Then the king's young men who attended him said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king. That’s kind of surprising to me. The advancement of Esther to be queen instead of Vashti. 7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter. 2:1 ¶ After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her. 2:5 ¶ Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite; 6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. But that’s a secret to everyone. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her. Esther Becomes Queen, 2:12-20. by Chester McCalley. How Did A Nice Jewish Girl Like You End Up In A Persian Palace... by Dennis Rokser. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so. And Ahasuerus investigates and discovers that Mordecai was right. So, true to Ahasuerus’ superlative nature, these girls all underwent a full year of purification with oils and perfumes. We won’t read the details, but in verses 19-23 we see Mordecai in the gate. What a story! At any rate he’s from the tribe of Benjamin. Your email address will not be published. He was so concerned with Esther. This sermon looks at the lessons learn from Esther's life Esther Esther 4:1-16 The Book of Esther takes place nearly 2500 years ago in the city of Susa, just north of the Persian Gulf, and East of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is modern day Iran. So when the 12 months was done the girl would take whatever she needed with her to the king’s room for her one night with him. And that included the king. And this girl is beautiful. God has put Esther in a strategic place as queen. $19.99 – Buy all 10 Esther Sermons and save $10. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Because the writer often doesn’t come out and tell you plainly whether it’s right or not. 2 Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king: 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them: 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. Study Esther 2 with ... J. Vernon McGee . He’s a selfless father figure. How is it that her Jewish identity, which would certainly include moral norms as well as a number of ceremonial practices, how does that go unidentified for very long? Good Words for Today: December 26 Saturday, December 26. But this is when you need to think of the rest of Scripture and come up with a conclusion. Now, we’re not supposed to get too upset with Esther. How does a godly girl fit in so well with the godless culture around her? Read Esther 2:1-23. Let's go back and see how God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. Preach on topics including relying on God, calling on God in the midst of trouble, covenant faithfulness, and trusting and obeying despite the circumstances. I think that reflects something of the common attitude about this book. B. Because in the next section we’re introduced to a really good candidate. Now what would you expect Ahasuerus to do in response to the crowning of his new queen? What an unlikely turn of events. 18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king. So, with the background behind us, let us now look at Esther 1. Esther, who was definitely a hero to her nation, was not the actual hero of the book of Esther … unmute. Unless, of course, he chose her to be queen. So I think we’re supposed to look at Esther’s conduct and be a little uneasy about it. She was an unofficial wife of the king. 2 After these things, t when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti u and what she had done and what had been decreed against her. It’s almost as if Ahasuerus was having second thoughts. If you think that’s unlikely, you should see what happens next. ◄ Esther 2:17 ► And the king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she found grace and favor in his sight more than all of the other virgins. The text says Esther found favor with everyone who looked at her. Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia), Some … The Sermons on Book of Esther are awesome – thank you for allowing FREE access to this very special teaching and the revelation of the Word by Holy Spirit. 3. http://media.blubrry.com/one_verse/p/www.tillhecomes.org/Bible/Audio/Esther/Esther_2.mp3, Upgrade your Membership to one of the paid groups. And verse 4 states the main objective – “let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti.” So the search is on. When the king’s search party begins, Esther is noticed right away (2:8) and is chosen to spend “one night with the king,” a disturbing test of her suitability for marriage. What happens to her while she’s there? 1 After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her. And his ancestor Jair was taken in the exile with king Jeconiah. How did he get there? And Mordecai, the law-abiding Jew reports this plot against his new in-law the king to his adopted daughter, Esther. Let’s read 2:1-4. Powered by Knownhost and the Genesis Framework. We 21st Century Americans tend to think these are boring and irrelevant, and so we mostly just skip over them and get on to the next verse. We are told he’s a Jew, but I don’t think that was common knowledge. Let’s read 2:1-4. As we begin this Esther 2 sermon we need to remember, the king issued this edict when he was very angry. Who’s the first character we’re introduced to? I don’t think they did. And that idea pleases the somewhat forlorn king. At any rate, he’s there and it puts him in the position to overhear two of the king’s servants plotting to assassinate the king. max volume. Sermon Series on Esther: Made for This Moment God is the Author of a grand story of redemption, and it includes you! For Such a Time as This Part 2: God’s Plan for His People Esther 2:1-17 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - May 27, 2012 *Last week we began to look at this story of Esther that took place almost 500 years before Jesus was born. Through stunning reversals and ordinary people, Esther reveals the reality of God’s loving and sometimes hidden providence: God is always at work for the good of his people and his glory. He walked by the harem daily to see how his adopted daughter was doing. 2 Then the king’s young men who attended him said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king. A number of people have said to me, "I don't think I've ever heard a sermon, or a series of sermons, on the book of Esther." She goes by Esther, a nice Persian name. ◄ Esther 2:1 ► Some time later, when the anger of King Xerxes had subsided, he recalled Vashti and what she had done, and what had been decreed against her. After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decreed against her. So the king had officers throughout the kingdom collect all the young beautiful women and bring them to the royal harem in Shushan. However, God had chosen vessels, Mordecai and Esther in the right place to help defeat this wicked man. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Many others were candidates for the honour ( v. 1-4 ); but Esther, an orphan, a captive-Jewess ( v. 5-7 ), recommended herself to the king’s chamberlain first ( v. 8-11 ) and then to the king ( v. 12-17 ), who made her queen ( v. 18-20 ). His three friends wouldn’t bow to the idol because they were Jewish. Providentially placed by the God who is unusually silent throughout this book to be queen of the most powerful opulent empire in the world. So in this case, does the rest of the Bible commend identifying with God’s people? Sermon on Esther – Sermon outline by Kevin Cauley from the book of Esther showing us the great lessons that can be gleaned from this great story.. But she did take the advice of Hegai – again we see her submissive spirit in opposition to Vashti. For some reason a number of commentators think everyone knew that he was a Jew. The King of Susa (Esther 1:1-2) Esther 1:1. He removed one queen in order to allow another queen – Esther – to take her place. Here we come to a genealogical list. Required fields are marked *. Prepare your messages on God's Word in Esther with sermon outlines or an entire sermon series. So, Esther is queen. (1-4) A search is made for a replacement for Queen Vashti. The former orphan. I’m not sure how long it lasted this time, but it was lavish as usual. And yet, this is what happened – Esther obeyed Mordecai and concealed her identity. Esther 2:1-10. It’s easy for me to say yes. SermonAudio.com - Esther 2 Sermons. ◄ Esther 2:19 ► When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the King's Gate. Though the word God, or the name of God is not mentioned in the book, we see His hand working behind the scenes. Mordecai the Jew. Intro: The book of Esther is devoted to the story of how God preserved the nation of Israel from obliteration. mute. 10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it. Our sermon ideas on Esther will help you preach a powerful message on the sovereignty of God. I wonder what happens when he cools off. I’m thinking that Esther appointed him. Sermons on Esther 2:6. Let’s read 2:9-11. • Today- Jesus is the true hero of the book of Esther What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Esther 2. 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