August 7, 2017

Today you should read: Esther 1:1-9

Today as you read this small passage of Esther, you may have the thought cross your mind: what is the significance of this? If so, that is completely okay. I want to encourage you to continue on in this book as we post each day. The book of Esther is actually very crucial to our faith. Esther is part of a much larger story. This story starts with Abraham and goes all the way through to Jesus and the church.

In this first passage we get a glimpse into what the reign of Ahasuerus (better known by his Greek name, Xerxes) looked like. This was such a powerful empire that he was able to have a festival for 180 days with feasts every night just to show how rich and great he and his empire was.

Within this empire Esther will find herself in a position to help ensure the that we would be able to have hope in Jesus. As you read on in the days to come, you will learn about the plots of Haman and the bravery and faith of Esther. If it were not for her actions, the line of Abraham would have ended with the Jewish people being destroyed.

This book is famous for not mentioning the name of God, and yet the plan of God is visible and clear as you see Esther’s actions in the context of History and scripture.

I hope that you are excited to continue on in Esther and see the Journey that she takes and the glory of God shown through the faithfulness of fulfilling His promise.

By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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