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Pillars of the Faith: Esther 12
27th April 2018
In this reading, the book of Esther draws to a close with a short passage celebrating the strength of King Xerxes and the empowerment of Mordecai. Consider how this reflects the first chapter of the book, Still showing King Xerxes' power but in a rather different surrounding. Take a moment to
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 11
25th April 2018
Today we read about the establishment of the festival of Purim. Consider how it reflects chapter 2, only this time with Esther's Jewish nature on full display rather than hidden, and the celebration of Mordecai's foiling of Haman's plot to destroy the Jews rather than the plot to
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 10
23rd April 2018
This week we reach the end of the book of Esther. In today's reading, we hear how the Jewish people are empowered by Xerxes to overthrow their enemies and seek revenge against Haman for his actions. Consider how this reflects chapter 3 with Haman plotting to kill the Jews and
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 9
20th April 2018
In this reading we find out about Mordecai persuading Xerxes to issue a second royal edict - consider how this reflects Mordecai's powers of persuasion in chapter 4, and how the Jews respond to the two situations. Take a moment to stop and reflect on the past couple of days. Are
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 8
18th April 2018
Today we read about Ester's second banquet with King Xerxes and how Haman influences his Death at the King's hand. Consider how this reflects Esther's first banquet and the symmetry with her escape from death in Xerxes court in chapter 5:1-8. Take a moment to stop and reflect on the
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 7
16th April 2018
This week we start the second half of the book of Esther, as events start to improve for Esther, Mordecai and the Jews. The book of Esther is a "chiastic" structure - one where events after the climax mirror those before. In today's passage we hit that climax and see the first
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 6
13th April 2018
In this reading we see Haman, again infuriated by Mordecai, plotting further revenge with his family and friends. Take a moment to stop and reflect on the past couple of days. Are there things you need to thank God for? Are there troubles you need to give to him? Read Esther 5:9-14
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 5
11th April 2018
Today we read how Ester is spared death in King Xerxes' court and how she is allowed to host a banquet for Xerxes and Haman. Take a moment to stop and reflect on the past couple of days. Are there things you need to thank God for? Are there troubles you need to give to him? Read Esther
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 4
9th April 2018
This week we continue our study of Esther, with today's passage telling the story of the Jew's lament over the royal edict and Mordecai's plan to avert the crisis. Take a moment to stop and reflect on the past couple of days. Are there things you need to thank God for? Are there
Pillars of the Faith: Esther 3
6th April 2018
In this passage, we read how Haman becomes enraged with the Jews and plots to destroy them. Take a moment to stop and reflect on the past couple of days. Are there things you need to thank God for? Are there troubles you need to give to him? Read Esther 3