In Spite of Myself
Big Idea: Man up and speak up to build up your family.
Esther 10 (ESV)
1 King Ahasuerus imposed tax on the land and on the coastlands of the sea.2 And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honor of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.
The book of Esther recounts a story that is intriguing. And strange. It's a story that makes preachers squirm. God is never mentioned. Not once. And nobody prays. On the holiness-to-hot-mess continuum, the main character, Esther, is more on the hot mess side. She's a morally questionable beauty contestant who hides her Jewish identity and spends the night with a pagan king to whom she is not married. And when she gets some power, she uses it to exact revenge on her enemies.
In Christian circles, there seems to be a tendency to cast Esther in the mold of a hero, ignoring the questionable material and focusing instead on the more laudable and preachable phrases, like "for such a time as this" or "If I perish, I perish." To be sure, God does use Esther in wonderful, history-making ways, but to be honest, she doesn't quite fit the hero mold. And that's good news for most of us. Because we don't either. Join us as we study through the book of Esther.