We are at a Love Fosters Hope gala. Like Stevie Wonder used to say, "Isn't she lovely?" Introduction to Esther I sometimes complain about the challenge of gaining devotional insight from some of these narrative books in the OT. Nevertheless, I’m drawn toward Esther as my next devotional study. To challenge my devotional perspective further, did you know that God is never mentioned in the book of Esther? The reality is that we’ll find God all over the book even though He is never mentioned.
A pastor in Malawi, Africa drew this picture after I taught on a firm grasp of God's Word. Hear, read, study, meditate and memorize God's Word. The Background of the book of Esther The story takes place in ancient Persia during the period when Persia was the reigning world empire. Nearly 50 million people resided within the empire during this time period of the early 400sBC.
A flashback to 2012 Esther 1 The story begins with a pagan king who “appears” to be the main character of the story while the Hebrew writer chooses to not include God in the story. This is a departure from the typical practice in Old Testament narratives but clearly intentional and effective. Effective in that the narrative conveys the way the world views God or should I say doesn’t view God.
Esther 2 The chapter begins with the following in verse 1, “After these things when the anger of King Ahasuerus had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her.” After the embarrassment of the banquet and his subsequent decree regarding women’s requirement of submission, the king most likely diverted his attention and engaged in warfare with the Greeks. At some point he returned to the palace and the sting of missing Vashti hit him.