Defender of the Powerless (Esther #1)

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Esther confronted corrupt authority despite the fact that doing so put her own life in peril. She was fearless. She was sacrificial. She saved God’s people. She was a whole lot like Jesus. Maybe we can grow up to be like her?


Main Text: Esther

Simple outline:

  • We’re in a mini-series on the Book of Esther. This week we’re looking at a pair of important characters in the story: the queens Vashti and Esther.

  • Vashti was banished for daring to disobey her husband, the king, who wanted to show off her beauty.

    • She was treated harshly as an example to all the women in Persia—obey!

    • Sometimes her story is used today to bully Christian women into similar obedience.

  • Esther saves her people by learning to assert herself in challenging the king.

    • Although she had always obeyed her cousin Mordecai, at the pivotal moment she has to break the law, have Mordecai obey her, and confront the king’s right hand man.

    • Instead of using her power for her own good, she uses it to serve the powerless around her.

    • Her bravery ended up saving all of God’s people from annihilation.

  • What if we were as assertive and sacrificial as Esther?

Further resources:

  • The Bible Project makes great summary videos of Bible books. Here’s the one for Esther.

  • The book Vindicating the Vixens has a really insightful chapter about Esther and Vashti, as well as chapters on other misunderstood women of the Bible, like Mary Magdalene, Rahab, and Eve.

Esther confronted corrupt authority despite the fact that doing so put her own life in peril. She was fearless. She was sacrificial. She saved God’s people. She was a whole lot like Jesus. Maybe we can grow up to be like her?


Main Text: Esther

Simple outline:

  • We’re in a mini-series on the Book of Esther. This week we’re looking at a pair of important characters in the story: the queens Vashti and Esther.

  • Vashti was banished for daring to disobey her husband, the king, who wanted to show off her beauty.

    • She was treated harshly as an example to all the women in Persia—obey!

    • Sometimes her story is used today to bully Christian women into similar obedience.

  • Esther saves her people by learning to assert herself in challenging the king.

    • Although she had always obeyed her cousin Mordecai, at the pivotal moment she has to break the law, have Mordecai obey her, and confront the king’s right hand man.

    • Instead of using her power for her own good, she uses it to serve the powerless around her.

    • Her bravery ended up saving all of God’s people from annihilation.

  • What if we were as assertive and sacrificial as Esther?

Further resources:

  • The Bible Project makes great summary videos of Bible books. Here’s the one for Esther.

  • The book Vindicating the Vixens has a really insightful chapter about Esther and Vashti, as well as chapters on other misunderstood women of the Bible, like Mary Magdalene, Rahab, and Eve.

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