Pride and Providence (Esther #2)

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Humility is the way of God, the way of Jesus, and the way of all God’s people. In a world where the proud have such extensive power, it’s sometimes hard to remember, but the rise and fall of Haman demonstrate it once again. God actively opposes the proud. God eventually exalts the humble.


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: Haman and Mordecai.

  • Haman was the king’s right hand man—and he expected everyone to bow to him in reverence.

  • Mordecai was a nobody who refused to bow to Haman, but he was God’s nobody.

  • Haman decided to have Mordecai and all his people killed. But God intervened, showing once again that God opposes the proud.

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.

Humility is the way of God, the way of Jesus, and the way of all God’s people. In a world where the proud have such extensive power, it’s sometimes hard to remember, but the rise and fall of Haman demonstrate it once again. God actively opposes the proud. God eventually exalts the humble.


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: Haman and Mordecai.

  • Haman was the king’s right hand man—and he expected everyone to bow to him in reverence.

  • Mordecai was a nobody who refused to bow to Haman, but he was God’s nobody.

  • Haman decided to have Mordecai and all his people killed. But God intervened, showing once again that God opposes the proud.

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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