by Stan Coffey

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The Book Of Esther (24 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Stan Coffey
October 21, 1990

AUTHOR: The author of the Book of Esther is not actually named. Many Bible scholars believe that Mordecai, the Jewish leader, who is prominent in the story could be.

DATE: The events recorded in this book occurred in the reign of Ahasuerus or Xerxes of Persia about 483BC.

THEME: The setting for the story of Esther is at Shushan in the Provine of Elam. A mound of ruins still called Shush was explored by archaeologists some years ago. Here they found the ruins of an immense hall, 343 feet long and 244 feet wide, which may be the very palace hall described in Esther. The Book of Esther unveils a segment of Jewish history occurring during the Jewish captivity in Persia. This historical account is not found elsewhere in the Bible.

CENTRAL MESSAGE: The Book of Esther teaches the providence of God. Providence means "pro-before and video-I see." God saw beforehand what the people would do and even though they were out of the will of God by not going back to their homeland, they were not beyond His care. Providence involves God providing, directing, and leading people who sometimes do not want to be led. The infinite wisdom, continuing providence, and overwhelming power of God in the preservation of His people in fulfilling His covenant with them is displayed beautiful in this book. Even the most insignif ...

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