Women’s Study

 

Esther 3:1-6 (NKJV)1 After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him. 2 And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage. Then the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king’s command?” 4 Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s words would stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew. 5 When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai. 

Haman’s Agagite ancestors and Mordecai’s Jewish ancestors had a long standing conflict. As a result of Israel’s failure to their calling to be a light to the world and to be used by God to execute His judgement, there is evil remaining and influencing the Persian king and their descendants are still fighting.

Today, God isn’t choosing to work through a chosen nation like Israel. He is instead working through His heavenly nation which is seen through Christian’s. As God called Israel to be a light nation to the other nations, we, as Christian’s are called to be a light to the world. And instead of God using us to condemn or judge the world as He sometimes used Israel, God is using us to spread the truth and salvation of Jesus Christ. 

In Esther, we see the consequences to Israel’s failure to fulfill their calling. What consequences have you seen or what are potential consequences in us failing in our calling?

God works in all situations, even in the midst of our failures and consequences. In what ways have you seen God work through your failures?

It is unclear why Mordecai refused to bow and pay respect to Haman. However, his response confused the servants.

Politics are a large part of our current world. Now more than ever, we need to make sure our political stances don’t get in the way of our primary message. It is good for us to take a biblical and prayerful approach to politics. But it is imperative that the main thing stays the main thing. Our main purpose is being a good witness of the Gospel of Jesus and spreading that message. 

When faced with a complicated political situation we need to be fully aware of our main purpose and continue to seek the Lord and respond to others with grace and love. We should have confidence and believe that the Lord will give us wisdom on how to navigate and live with the complicated situation. 

How do you seek the Lord and respond to complicated political situations?

Esther 3:10-14 (NKJV) – 10 So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11 And the king said to Haman, “The money and the people are given to you, to do with them as seems good to you.” 12 Then the king’s scribes were called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and a decree was written according to all that Haman commanded—to the king’s satraps, to the governors who were over each province, to the officials of all people, to every province according to its script, and to every people in their language. In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written, and sealed with the king’s signet ring. 13 And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions. 14 A copy of the document was to be issued as law in every province, being published for all people, that they should be ready for that day. 15 The couriers went out, hastened by the king’s command; and the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel. So the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Shushan was perplexed.

This section ends with everything being stacked against the Jewish people. However, no matter how bad a situation looks, no matter who appears to be in control, God is working behind the scenes for His people. There is nothing that we can do to earn God’s care and earn God’s compassion. There is nothing, political or not, that we should fear. God is bigger than all of it and is working all things for the good of those who love HIm.

How have you seen God’s province, control, and compassion in situations where it appears that the odds are against you?

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