God providentially uses two exiled Israelites to rescue his people from certain doom, without any explicit mention of God or his activity.
A classic story of good versus evil, the book of Esther is a unique account in the Bible. It gives us a glimpse of the Jews who remained outside their homeland after the exile, particularly the Jews living in the Persian empire.
God is never absent
This is a fascinating book of Scripture, mainly because God is never mentioned throughout the entire book. But God is clearly at work in this story, as is seen through "coincidences" and "happen chances" that help to save the Jewish people from Haman's wicked plot to destroy them.
Even today, Jewish people celebrate Purim each year by reading Esther, enjoying fun traditions, and giving gifts as described in Esther Chapter 9:20-32. All people can benefit from reading Esther, as it reminds us that even when it appears that God is absent, he is still at work in our lives and will not abandon his promises while we are living in a confusing and broken world.
Not So Common
Persian King Xerxes banishes Queen Vashti after she refuses to come to his drunken party. Xerxes looks for a new wife and Esther becomes queen.
Moredecai and Haman
Evil Haman becomes powerful but is furious when Mordecai doesn't bow to him. He plots to kill every Jew in a single day, and the king ordains it.
Mordecai asks for Esther's help. She can only speak with Xerxes if he summons her, or she will be killed. Esther prays and goes before the king anyway for the sake of her people.
Esther invites Xerxes and Haman to two banquets. Xerxes honors Mordecai and humiliates Haman. Esther exposes Haman's plot to Xerxes, and he executes Haman.
Victory for the Jewish People
Esther and Mordecai reverse Haman's evil plan. Xerxes' decree is irreversible, but he issues a new one allowing the people to defend themselves. Purim is established.
Tim Mackie & Whitney Woollard
Esther is an exciting book of the Bible. It contains all your classic storybook ingredients: a bold, beautiful heroine (Wonder Woman, anyone?), shifting love interests, a life or death threat to the good guys, a villain you absolutely love to hate, and of course a happy endi...