Family Bible Study lesson for March 28: Acting Decisively : Tuesday, March 9, 2004
March 9 2004 by Claude Frazier

Family Bible Study lesson for March 28: Acting Decisively : Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for March 28: Acting Decisively

By Claude Frazier
Focal Passage: Esther 2:7, 17; 3:56; 4:13-17; 7:13; 8:11, 13, 16

Trust in God through Life's Ups and Downs

Esther 2:7,17; 3:56

When Queen Vashti failed to attend an important banquet, the Persian king Ahasuerus concluded that her conduct would wrongly influence other women in the province and cause them to act the same way to their husbands. So, he decided that she should be replaced.

The queen's replacement was a highly unlikely person. Esther was a young Jewish woman, an orphan at the mercy of the world who had been brought up by a caring relative, Mordecai. She was beautiful and found favor in the sight of everyone who saw her. The king loved her and crowned her queen.

Mordecai had instructed her not to make known her nationality or that he was her kin.

Then trouble began. Mordecai heard of a plot against the king. He told Esther and she relayed the plot to the king. Thus the king's life was saved.

The king's officials were angred by this and determined to get rid of Mordecai.

In the meantime, the king had chosen a man named Haman to be in authority. Haman insisted that everyone else bow and pay homage to the king.

Certain men noticed that Mordecai would not bow, so they went to Haman with this information. When Haman learned this, he was very angry. When he received information that Mordecai was a Jew; he devised a plan for all the Jews to be destroyed. Haman convinced the king to agree with the plan, and to seal the declaration with his signet ring. The decree was sent to every province.

Recognize my Role in God's Work

Esther 4:13-17

Mordecai learned of the decree and wailed loudly and bitterly for his people. He spoke with Esther and told her that just because she was in the king's palace, she would not escape death.

Esther immediately planned to intercede. She instructed Mordecai to assemble the Jews and have them fast for three days and nights. Then she would go to the king and intercede. To come before the king without bidding could put her in danger of death, but she said that if she perished, she would perish.

Seize the Moment

Esther 7:13

We should respond quickly when called unto God's work even though we may fear losing our jobs, our wealth, our comfort and our security. God wants us to recognize and act upon the many opportunities we have to do His will. When God gives us a job to do, He has already taken care of the matter at the other end. It is when we do not work on His time schedule and prepare ourselves that we sometimes fall on our faces.

Esther found favor in the king's sight, and invited him to a banquet, to which Haman was also invited. The king, knowing Esther had a petition, asked what it was and at the same time offered her up to half of his kingdom.

Esther asked for her life, explaining that she was Jewish and telling him about the plan to kill all Jews. The king immediately asked that the person doing this be named and she told him it was Haman. Haman was hanged on the very same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.

Celebrate God's Intervention and Mercy

Esther 8:11-16

Mordecai came before the king and identified himself. The king removed his signet ring and gave it to Mordecai. The king gave the Jews the rights to assemble, to defend their lives and to take spoils from those who attacked them.

Mordecai left the king's presence dressed in royal robes. The Jews were glad and shouted with joy, proclaiming a feast and a holiday.

All this took place because Esther was willing to obey God, despite the risk. In doing so, her people were saved.

Obeying God can be risky, but leads to happiness in the end.
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