This is a 5 week Bible discussion that begins on November 7th and will end on December 21st.
We will discuss the life of Esther. I will post the scripture for the week. Read the scripture, answer the questions and participate in the discussion noted below. The conference call information is also below.
The scripture for this week is: Esther Chapters 1 and 2
Chapter 1 - The Great Refusal
When a person is rejected or abandoned it doesn't feel good. It may cause low self esteem one may feel that a person doesn't want them. Now in the book of Esther there were refusals on both sides.
1. Queen Vashti - Vashti refused to go to the king to show off her beauty. I am sure that Vashti did not want to be around a bunch of drunks staring at her. She must of thought I am more than a piece of meat. She must've felt betrayed by the very person that should have protected her. So Vashti refused to be used. I am sure that she wanted the king to love and protect her. And to show her off right. By treating her right. So in this refusal she lost her crown.
2. King Ahuserus (Xerxes) - He was rejected by Queen Vashti and in his anger he refused her queen-ship. He was embarrassed before all of his guests he was rejected.
Rejection causes anger and deep hurt. It is hard to forgive and forget. The feeling that is left from rejection is like a burning in your heart. Jesus is a great example of rejection. In Isiah 53:3 it explains how Jesus was rejected by the very people that He died for:
He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
Even though Jesus was rejected He loved us and saw the big picture and endured the cross so that we will have a second chance at life. His love was beyond measure that He paved a way for you and me. We know that all things work together for the good of them that love GOD and are the called and according to GODs purpose. Yes, even rejection. It is working for the good. Turn that rejection around and do not let it dictate your life to you. Get out of that rut and allow Jesus to love you like no other. GOD does all things well and has a purpose for everyone's life. Even in rejection GOD will cause His love to envelope you and fill that void.
Questions for Chapter 1 - The Great
I know the Bible doesn't speak of Vashti much but did it seem like Vashti was a push over?
Why do you think that the king asked the 7 chamberlains to go get Vashti?
Do you think that the King had second thoughts about what he did to Vashti?
What was Memucan worried about if Vashti went unpunished?
What was the decision?
Have you ever been rejected by a person that you loved ah so much? Well let Jesus into your life, reveal to Him your deep hurts and watch Him heal every one of them.
Chapter 2 - The Pathway
GOD paved a way for Esther and found favor upon her to meet the king. Even though she was an orphan, GOD still used her. She may have felt that her parents abandoned her and there was no way that the king would lI’ve her, But GOD. I am a living witness that GOD will confound the wise and place His children in the palace. Because we are royalty, a chosen generation, royal priesthood, a peculiar people all set apart to do His will.
...And she found favor among the people and the king. And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2 NLT
Questions for Chapter 2 - The Pathway
Was Queen Vashti made an example?
Who is Haddasa?
We often hear this story was Mordecai Esther's uncle?
What were the preparations before seeing the king?
How long did the preparations take?
Thought: When was the last time that you prepared to see the King?
And did you stand in expectation for Him to call you by name?
It was evident that GOD was clearing the way for Esther.
Bible Discussion November 7th @ 8pm EST