Jesus Through the Word: Esther

Monday February 6, 2017
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Week Fourteen: Esther
 
Outline
The Emperor’s Feast (1)
     Esther Becomes Queen (2)
          King’s Life is Saved (2)
               Haman Plots Against the Jews (3)
                    Mordecai Learns of the Plot (4)
                         First Banquet (5)
                              Haman’s Pride and Disgrace (5-6)
                         Second Banquet (7)
                    Mordecai given Haman’s Estate (7)
               Haman’s Plot Foiled (8)
          Jews’ Lives are Saved (8)
     Esther Acts Like Queen (9)
The Jews’ Feast (9-10)
 
Themes
Providence
Esther’s Physical Appearance (2:7)
Mordecai’s Discovery of the Coup (2:19-23)
Pur (3:7; 9:24; 9:26)
Esther as Queen (4:14)
The King Welcomes Esther (5)
The Jews Defend Themselves and Win (8-9)
 
Dramatic Irony
Haman/Mordecai & Agag/Saul (2:5; 3:1)
A Jew Saves the Life of the King (2:19-23)
Mordecai Made Darius’ Second (10)
 
Poetic Justice
Mordecai Adorned by Haman (6)
Haman Hung on His Own Gallows (7)
Haman’s Household Given to Mordecai (8)
 
Civil Disobedience
Mordecai Refuses to Bow to Haman (3:2; 5:9)
 
Where is Jesus?
A Second Mordecai
A Name Above (Philippians 2:5-11)
Zechariah 2:6-13
Honor the Emperor/Honor God
Japeth, Balaam, Gog, and the Church Triumphant (Genesis 10:2; Numbers 24:20; Ezekiel 38-39; Revelation 20:7-10)
 
What is this book about?
Though YHWH is nowhere mentioned, He is everywhere present, providentially protecting His people, giving them the victory through the unique ascension of Esther; a living picture of Psalm 18:27—For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.
 
How does it point to Jesus?
The victory of Mordecai and the Jews is a picture and foretaste of the victory Jesus would accomplish over a much greater Haman, governed by the same providential Hand, proving His everlasting faithfulness to His chosen people.