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Beth Moore Esther Form is an excellent resource for understanding the book of Esther. This form can be used to study the book of Esther on your own, with a small group, or in a class setting. The form includes commentary from Beth Moore and background information that will help you further understand the book of Esther. The form also includes questions to help you study and apply the Scriptures. I highly recommend using this form if you want to study the book of Esther in depth. Are you interested in studying the Bible but don't know where to start? If so, Beth Moore's Esther Form is an excellent resource for getting started.

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esther

it’s tough being a woman

BETH MOORE

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esther

viewer guide y introduction

The Background of Esther in the Hebrew Bible and Tradition

The Book of Esther is also known as the Megillah .

Historical Background

Like the Book of Daniel, Esther is a Diaspora story.

The Uniqueness of the Book of Esther

1. The total

absence

 

of any

reference

to God

Why study the Book of Esther?

 

 

 

• It’s part of

God’s

 

Word .

 

 

 

• Based on Psalm 138:2b God’s name may not be in

it

,

but

it

is

on

it .

 

 

 

• It offers tremendous

 

hope

.

 

 

• It extends a vital perspective on the

providence

of _

God .

Merriam Webster’s deinition of providence: “God conceived as the

power

 

sustaining

and

guiding

human

 

destiny .” Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary adds, “In so doing [in His providence] God attends not only to apparently momentous events and people but also to those that seem both

mundane and trivial . … Indeed, so all encompassing is God’s attention to events within creation that nothing …

happens by chance .”

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Ephesians 1:11—Even when we’re blind to the evidence, God

works

out

everything

in conformity with the

purpose

of His will.”

 

 

Philippians 2:13—Godworks__

in

you to will and to act

according to His good _______purpose______.”

 

2. The title bears a ___ woman’s___ ___ name___.

Throughout the next nine weeks we’ll consider different scenarios to underscore the concept captured in our study’s title.

Scenario #1

It’s tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow .

3. The God-ordained emphasis on __human __

responsibility ____

According to Word Biblical Commentary, the inspired author of Esther

“lays all the stress on the human

contribution to the

divine-human synergism ” [combined or shared energy].

introduction

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esther 2:1-7

viewer guide y session one

Today’s session introduces our protagonist and most vital supporting actor. We will use these important “first mentions” to help us draw character sketches of each based on what we know and what we also might imagine.

Part One

A Character Sketch

of Mordecai

• He was a

Jew

(6:10; 8:7; 9:31; 10:3; 5:13).

 

“Its significance is indicated by the fact that this is the

only

time

in the whole Old Testament that a

native

member

of the community of Israel is named and identified by a gentilic.”1

• He was an

exile

.

 

 

Esther 2:6 “employs the root of the word for exile (glh) in four distinct

constructions, lest the full measure of the Jewish plight be overlooked.”2

View the repetition in the King James Version: “Who had been

carried

away

from Jerusalem with the

captivity

which

had been

carried

away with Jeconiah king of Judah whom

Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried

away .”

• He was a sudden

parent

to his cousin

.

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Part Two

A Character Sketch of Esther

• She was named

Hadassah

.

 

 

This Jewish name comes from the word for “ myrtle

 

and means “

fragrance

 

.”3

 

 

• She was

orphaned

.

 

 

 

• She was

brought

 

up by her male

cousin

.

• She was

lovely .

 

 

 

 

Scenario #2

It’s tough being a woman in a

 

world

where

beauty

is a

treatment

 

.

 

• She was also known

as

Esther

.

This Persian name means “ star

.”

 

Perhaps even more significantly, “the name Esther comes from the

verbal root in Hebrew str, meaning ‘to

conceal

.’ ”4

esther 2:1-7 W e e k 1 • A R o y a l M e s s

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esther 3:1-5

viewer guide y session two

Scenario #3

It’s tough being a woman in a mean

world .

1.

Meanness

always has a

history

.

Consider the history of these two rivals.

 

Mordecai,

 

 

Haman,

a

Jew

from the tribe of

 

a presumed Amalekite and descendant

 

Benjamin and a descendant of

 

of

Agag

, their king during

 

King

Saul

 

 

Saul’s

reign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The disobeyed instruction:

1 Samuel 15:10-23,30

The revealed

explanation : Deuteronomy 25:17-19

(Referring to Ex. 17:8-16.)

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Exodus 17:16—“ The

LORD

will be at war against the

Amalekites from generation to generation.”

2.

Meanness

perceives a threat (2 Cor. 10:12).

3.

Meanness

catches like a

virus

.

The word Agag is believed to be related to an Assyrian term (agagu)

that means “to be

powerful

, vehement,

angry

.”5

The name “Haman” sounds similar to the Hebrew word for

wrath (Hebrew, heman).6 (Compare Prov. 22:24-25.)

Consider the following quote

“Surely as Christians we must recognize the ‘

spirit

_ of

Haman ’ not only in our world but

 

within

ourselves

.”7

 

4. Meanness

is

curable

(Rom. 12:17-21).

esther 3:1-5 W e e k 2 • A C o n t e s t f o r a Q u e e n

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esther 4:1-14

viewer guide y session three

The Human Dilemma of Destiny

Many of the biblical figures who fulfilled their God-appointed

destinies shared some of Esther’s basic inner conflicts.

Consider the dilemma of destiny from a human perspective:

1. The

poor

timing

. Reflect on Esther 4:11b.

2. The

unreasonable

expectation

.

Scenario #4

It’s tough being a woman

thrown

a

giant - size

weight .

 

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3. The

 

risky

 

identification

.

 

• Remember, destiny appoints

 

one

__ but affects __

__.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

many

 

• The

revelation

 

of a person’s destiny always demands

a revelation of the

person

 

. Consider the wording “if you

remain silent at this time.” The Hebrew word translated silent in this

verse can also be translated

 

conceal

.

 

4. The

unanswered

question

.

 

(See verse 14.)

 

 

 

 

“The sentence contains a igure of speech known as aposiopesis—a

sudden

breaking

off

of what was being said or written

so that the mind is more impressed by what is

left

unsaid ,

it being too wonderful, solemn or awful to verbalize. In English

this igure is sometimes called the ‘sudden

silence

.’ ”8

esther 4:1-14 W e e k 3 • A R a g i n g P a s s i o n f o r H o n o r

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esther 4:11-17

viewer guide y session four

Part One

Our protagonist made three shifts that moved her

from self-preservation to brave determination.

1. Esther had a

choice

.

 

 

“She [Esther] had to

overcome

herself

in order to

do what God had created her and positioned her to do.”9

2. Esther faced the fear .

Consider general fears, then our context’s specific fear:

• Facing any ___fear

And if ____________________________, then ___________.

[your answers here]

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