Music This Week
Esther’s Request to the King
1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. 2 When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
3 Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”
4 “If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”
5 “Bring Haman at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Esther asks.”
So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared. 6 As they were drinking wine, the king again asked Esther, “Now what is your petition? It will be given you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”
7 Esther replied, “My petition and my request is this: 8 If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.”
Haman’s Rage Against Mordecai
9 Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home.
Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife, 11 Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials. 12 “And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. 13 But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.”
14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself.” This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up.
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. - Hebrews 11:1-2
Our Standing Before the King
We Walk By Faith
You want to see how it can bring good to the soul; you may be enabled in a little time, but you can not see it now; you must believe it. Honor God by trusting him. - Charles Spurgeon
1 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him. - Proverbs 21:1
Faith and Action
With that bedrock of assurance in Christ's never-failing love and in God's gracious providence in our lives, we have all we need to step out in faith, wherever he may lead us. - Bryan Gregory
- How would you define faith? Do you agree with the statement that everyone believes in something?
- Have you ever participated in a fast? Why or why not? If you have, what was the purpose of fasting and how was that experience?
- What would your life look like if you lived each and every day saying, "the Lord's will be done"? What is God calling you to do today?
- What is the difference in the two kings we've discussed in the book of Esther (Xerxes and God)? How would you define our standing before God today in light of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus?
- What is the purpose of the church?
- What is something the Lord has been teaching you this week?