Thursday, March 7, 2013

Esther Chapter 7

Since I apparently failed at meeting my deadline for finishing Esther. Please forgive me. I bit off a little more than I could chew I guess. :( But! I have really been changed by this book. I love how Esther is changed by God and how the book of Esther shows us God working in the background in her life, as he sometimes works in the background of ours. It's opened my eyes a lot more to see God working.

So let's take the next three weeks to finish up this book.

Memory Verse

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
(1 Corinthians 4:5 ESV)

The Story Chapter 7 

At the second banquet, King Xerxes interest is really piqued. He wants to know what Esther wants out of all this. Esther tells King Xerxes that there is a death sentence out for her and her people. Once the King is good and furious she rings the bell on Haman. Xerxes is so angry he leaves Esther and Haman to blow off some steam and figure out what to do. Haman is sure he's going to die and begs Esther to save his life. While his throwing himself at Esther, Xerxes comes in and finds a perfect excuse to get rid of Haman, without destroying his own reputation. Xerxes sentences Haman to hang on the same gallows Haman had intended for Mordecai. 

What hasty decisions were made in this situation? 

What decisions, or things spoken were made for their own interest and reputation?

How many times do you twist a story just a bit to test the waters, so the you don't receive the worst of the blow? 

What speck in these peoples eyes reflects the log in yours? 

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