Pastor Trev presented another amazing woman in the Bible “Character Studies”; Esther. She was beautiful, charming, and a queen, but she was willing to risk it all to honor God and save her people.
Scriptures: Esther 2:1-10; Esther 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; Mark 10:17-23
- Read Esther 2:1-10. Esther was an orphan who had lost both her mother and father. Fortunately, her older cousin Mordecai stepped in to help raise and protect her. Based on these verses, how would you describe Esther? What secret did she keep? (verse 10). Why do you think Mordecai instructed her to keep this secret? (hint: Esther 3:8)
- Pastor Trev said that the word, “God” does not appear even once in the book of Esther, but that God’s character is presented throughout the book. Based on what you recall about the book of Esther, what are three ways God’s character is revealed? To help answer, here are some of God’s notable attributes: Good, Gracious, Merciful, Just, Sovereign, Jealous, Loving.
- Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. Pastor Trev said that when Esther had been queen for a while she started to enjoy the good life and forget her roots. In truth, we only have what God gives us. According to these verses, what four things does God look for when revealing truth to the world? Why does He choose these particular things? (verse 29). See also, Ephesians 2:8-9.
- Read Esther 4:1-13 and Mark 10:17-23. Pastor Trev said, “If you’re going to do something for God, there’s going to be risk. What was the risk that Esther had to take? What do you think moved her to take this risk? In the verses from the book of Mark, what was the rich young ruler relying on to win favor with God? What did Jesus ask him to do? Why did the young man go away downcast and sorrowful? Do you think it was fair for Jesus to make this costly request? Why or why not?
- Read Esther 4:14-16. Pastor Trev concluded by saying that following Jesus is not safe or certain; it is risky and (at times) dangerous. God allows us to be used for His glory in situations where we may feel woefully inadequate. According to verse 14, what words did Mordecai use to encourage Esther and get her focus on God? As she changed her focus from being queen and considered the bigger picture, what was her courageous response (verse 16)? What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from the book of Esther?