God being outside of time knows the beginning from the end and uses ordinary people to accomplish His will. In the story of Esther, God uses a young Jewish girl that was elevated to the throne as Queen of Persia. Xerxes was by historic accounts prone to fits of rage and excess and the fact that Esther fits into the reign of Xerxes is significant for a number of reasons. The main one is that because of her willingness to put her life on the line for something she believed, the Jewish people were saved. We can’t really imagine

Esther / General

Retribution vs Retaliation

On the surface, these words seem the same, but there are subtle differences. Retaliation is the act of payback or revenge. The dictionary defines it as paying back in kind. An eye for an eye. Ex 21:24 “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,” Retaliation is personal, it’s an act of revenge. There are many movies that run on the theme of revenge. As Christians we need to remember Romans 12:19 which states: ” Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will


Why did Esther Arrange Two Banquets

You can put a lot of speculation into this question, but I believe it was because God was guiding her. It’s possible that the king’s mood wasn’t quite right and Esther didn’t feel right about giving her request at the first banquet. There was only one opportunity to give the request and everything had to be perfect in order to have the request granted. I don’t believe that Esther lost her nerve, I believe that God was delaying her in the request for good reason. During that 24 hour period the king had a sleepless night in which he


Consequences of Saul’s Disobedience to Wipe out the Amalekites

Amalek was the grandson of Esau who was father of the Edomites. Amalek was born to Esau’s son Eliphaz and his concubine Timna (Gen 36:16). Historically, the Edomites have always been an enemy to Israel the nation stemming from Jacob swindling Esau from his birthright. Amalek, referred to as nation fought with Israel in Rephidim (Ex 17:9). To win this battle, Moses stood on top of a hill with a rod in his hand, when Moses strength failed by letting the rod drop, Amalek was winning. When the rod was up, Israel prevailed. From this time God declares war

Esther / Israel

Feast of Purim

The feast of Purim celebrates the victory of Esther and Mordecai over Haman. Haman had a hatred for the Jews and succeeded in getting King Xerxes to order the extermination of all the Jews. It is not one of the seven feasts that God instituted at Mt. Sinai after Israel came out of Egypt. It’s a national feast that occurs on the 14th day of the 12th month (Adar), which is February or March on our calendar. In Jerusalem it’s observed on the 15th day of Adar to commemorate the Jews in the Persian capital of Sushan who didn’t