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John Shaver XXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX Courses of Affairs The book of Esther takes place during the Persian Empire at the time of Xerxes 485-465 BCE It is one of the most neglected books in the bible and very few people have ever heard a sermon on it In fact Ray C Stedman reports that Esther is a different kind of literature and because it is a different kind of literature I think perhaps we are a bit frightened by it np The book never mentions the name of God the prophecy of Christ and the words heaven or hell never even appear in it It is a parable so that God may illustrate a point Stedman np The Laymans Bible Commentary states that there is no doubt that it is Gods hand that determines the course of affairs Kelly et al 43 Gods does this by allowing a Jewish girl Esther to become queen of the Persian Empire using her influence to destroy their enemies in order to save his people and allowing his people to rejoice in their glory NJB Esther 11-103 Esther rises to power when King Ahasuerus another name for Xerxes calls upon Queen Vashti to show the people at Ahasueruss feast her beauty She refused and Ahasuerus divorced her Soon after Ahasuerus calls all the fair young virgins that live in his empire to come and stand before him He is to marry one of them and he chooses a Jewish girl Esther because she has great beauty The Bible states And the king loved Esther above all the womenNJB Esther 21-16 Mordecai Esthers uncle forbids Esther to revel her race for he fears of what might happen if Ahasuerus was to find out Because of his fear he would walk up and down the courtyard in hopes of finding out her treatment Mordecai soon comes to know two officers Bightan and Teresh in the kings service At this time
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