The Bold and the Beautiful

If I Perish, I Perish!

Series: Flaw LESS by Faith: Walking into The Decade of Destiny (Fight for the Next Generation) – SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 17-23, 2020

Aim: After studying this lesson students will see that we do not have to let our situation dedicate our actions. . .but, by faith we do need to take a stand for this and the next generation.  After all, we are standing on someone else’s shoulders!

The Book of Esther:

  • The Book of Esther is one of the two books in the Bible named after a woman. 
  • Esther’s Jewish name is Hadassah.
  • When Cyrus made the decree after seventy years of captivity in Babylon, all of the people did not return to the Promised Land.  Several million of the people did not return, while only around sixty thousand did return.
  • In the Book of Esther is a record of those who stayed.
  • The name of God is not mentioned in this book.
  • Prayer is not mentioned in this book.   
  • Even though God’s name is not mentioned, we see God’s finger directing everything that happens.
  • How is God directing them?  By His providence!
  • What is providence? Providence means “to provide.”  In this great little book, we see God providing for His people!

Esther 2:5-7 (NIV)

5    Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish,

6    who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin king of Judah.

7    Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.

I. Her Character   

  • She is Unknown –
  • Child of captivity
  • A Jewess and a sharer with her people in their bondage
  • She was an orphan

Psalm 27:10 (AMP) – Although my father and my mother have abandoned me, Yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child].

  • She is Unlikely – choice to be queen

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NIV)

26  Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

27  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

28  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,

29  so that no one may boast before him.

Esther 2:9-10, 12-14 (NIV)

9    She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem.

10  Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so.

12  Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.

13  And this is how she would go to the king: Anything she wanted was given her to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace.

14  In the evening she would go there and in the morning return to another part of the harem to the care of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name.

15  When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her.

16  She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 

17  Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti

II. Her Calling

  • Preparation for a presentation to the earthly king
  • 12 months of beauty treatment
  • Anything she wanted was given to her
  • One night with the king

Esther 2:16-17 (NIV)

16  She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 

17  Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

III. Her Crown

  • Called as a candidate for a crown
  • Esther’s selection was not by accident but providence!
  • God is still moving!!
  • Divine direction by the heavenly King.
  • The king is attracted to Esther
  • A Jewish girl becomes the queen of the most powerful Gentile Country in the world.

Review:

Chapter 3:    A very sorrowful and mournful time has come upon the Jewish people and it threatens ruin on all the people of God.  In chapter 3, we see. . .

  1. Haman is made the king’s favorite. (v. 1)
  2. Mordecai refuses to give him the honor he demands (v. 2-4)
  3. Haman, for his sake, vows to be revenged upon all the Jews (v. 5-6)
  4. He, upon a malicious suggestion, obtains an order  from the king to have all the Jews massacred upon a certain day (v. 7-13)
  5. This order is dispersed throughout the kingdom (v. 14-15)

Chapter 4:  The decree has been sent out to all the provinces.

  1. The Jews learn of the decree and lament it (v. 1-4)
  2. Matters are concerted between Mordecai and Esther to prevent it.
  • Esther enquires into the case and receives an account of it (v. 5-7)
  • Mordecai urges her to intercede with the king (v. 8, 9)
  1. Esther speaks of the danger of addressing the king uncalled (v. 10-12)
  2. Mordecai presses her to go (v. 13, 14)
  3. Esther, after a religious fast of three days promises to do so (v15-17)

Esther 4:16 (NIV) – “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Esther 5:1-2 (NIV)

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. 

IV.  Her Courage

  • For such a time as this!   What time is it?  It is a. . .
  • Dangerous time
  • Desperate time
  • Dark time
  • The law was against her, but the king’s heart was for her!
  • It was a time of salvation for others!

V. Her Conquest

  • She pleads her case
  • Identifies herself
  • Salvation is given
  • First post – a message of death
  • Second post – a message of life

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                   Ask God to give you courage to remain faithful to the life task(s) you’ve been assigned.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Be ready to encourage those that seem to be under fire for a monumental task that they have been assigned; be an intercessor always.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:           The greatest task in history took place by Christ; share with others what that means to you and could mean for others.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:           Giving allows us to complete the tasks that are crucial for furthering the Kingdom of God.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:              When it seems that all odds are against you, remain steady and solicit others to stand in the gap with you.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me

SERIES:           Flaw LESS by Faith

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  Acts 9:36-42; James 1:27; James 2:14-18; Exodus 14:16; 1 Samuel 17:40; 1 Samuel 17:49; Judges 15:15-17; 2 Kings 4:2; John 6:9; Matthew 5:16; Matthew 25:35-41

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