God is Never too Late – He’s Always on Time! (Esther 7-10)

S Scripture: Esther 7: 1-7, 10; 8: 1-2; 10: 3 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther…At the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther?  It shall be granted to you…”  Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.  For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated…”  So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?”  And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.”  So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.  Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine…

Esther 7: 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.  Then the king’s wrath subsided.

Esther 8: 1-2 On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews.  And Mordecai came before the king for Esther had told how he was related to her.  So the king took off his signet ring which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai…

Esther 10: 3 For Mordecai was second to King Ahasuerus and great among the Jews… Continue reading

The Spirit & the Bride said, “Come!” (Esther 4-6)

S Scripture: Esther 4: 11 …All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king’s inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

Esther 4: 12 …and they told Mordecai Esther’s words.

Esther 4: 14 …and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Esther 4: 16 …I also and my maidens will fast likewise: and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. Continue reading

Esther 2-3

S Scripture: Esther 2: 1-2, 8-9, 15-17 Later when the anger of King Xerxes had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.” . . . When the king’s order and edict had been proclaimed, many girls were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the king’s palace and entrusted to Hegai, who had charge of the harem. The girl pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. . . When the time came for Esther (the girl Mordecai had adopted) 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. 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. 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. 

Esther 3: 8-9 Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them..” Continue reading

Esther 1

S Scripture: Esther 1: 10- 16, 19-21 …the king made a feast lasting seven days…On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded…to bring  Queen Vashti before the king, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful to behold.  But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command…therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him.  Then the king said to the wise men who understood the times…those closest to him…who had access to the king’s presence, and who ranked highest in his kingdom: What shall we do to Queen Vashti, according to the law, because she did not obey the command of King Ahasuerus…?  

And Memucan answered before the king and the princes:…If it pleases the king, let a royal decree go out from him, and let it be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it will not be altered, that Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she.  When the king’s decree which he will make is proclaimed throughout all his empire…all wives will honor their husbands, both great and small.  And the reply pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Memucan. Continue reading