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                A Courageous Queen (Esther)

Esther 3:1-15; 4:10—5:4; 7:1-10; 8:1-17

Central Truth:

The Holy Spirit provides courage to follow Jesus Christ in difficult times.

Golden Text :

“Who knoweth whether thou [Esther] art come to the kingdom for such a time as this ?” (Esther 4:14).

INTRODUCTION

Courage—an easy word to say but much more difficult to understand and demonstrate. The Biblical account of Esther, the young queen of the prestigious Medeo-Persian Empire, stands as a phenomenal example of courage in the face of personal and national death. She alone stood in the gap. There was no one else who could save her people.

Courage does not mean being without fear. Rather, the courageous push aside fear and willingly take a risk in order to protect others. This type of action stems from a concern for a particular need and a commitment to make a difference. Courage never should be confused with recklessness, even though the circumstances are questionable to the majority and the person might stand alone while attempting to make a difference.

The exact date of Esther’s becoming queen cannot be absolutely pinpointed. However, a logical date is 478 BC. Had it not been for Esther’s actions, there would have been no Ezra and no Jews to return to Jerusalem as recorded in Ezra 7—10 (457 BC). We also would never have heard of Nehemiah and his going to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls that had been destroyed by the Babylonians (Neh. 1—7). Nehemiah’s reconstruction project took place in 444 BC.

Besides emphasizing the role of a courageous queen saving her people from annihilation, Esther’s story reminds us of the positions many of God’s people held in the empires of antiquity. Joseph rose to second in command of Egypt. Daniel and his three Hebrew companions held major administrative positions in the Babylonian Empire. Then, under King Darius, Daniel became one of the three governors of the Medeo-Persian Empire (Dan. 6:1-3). Esther followed this line of individuals who distinguished themselves in the political arena while maintaining their  relationship with God.

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