Everyone loves a good story. And the story of Esther, queen of Persia, is as good a story you will find. It is also one of the more surprising parts of Scripture: would you believe there is a Bible story where God is everywhere at work but nowhere named? That’s the story of Esther.
providence — despite appearances which can suggest otherwise, God is deeply embedded in the stories we are part of
culture and context — we are given a time and place in which to shine
evil — there is always a force that threatens
crisis — a moment comes when courageous and just decisions must be made
character — the honors and gifts that God gives are for the benefit of others
hopeful reversal — in the face of real danger, there is always the hope of gracious and good outcomes (this is a resurrection story)
Esther is a story about God without a lot of God-talk. That might be a lesson in itself.
Part 1: Context and Characters: Jeremy Duncan
Part 2: When God Does’t Show Up: Jeremy Duncan
Part 3: Courage and Fear: Jeremy Duncan
Part 4: Ironic Isn’t It?: Jeremy Duncan
Part 5: Wrapping Up and Getting It Wrong: Jeremy Duncan