The book of Esther tells the story of a young queen destined to save her people in a time of exile. I breakdown the basics in my printable timelines.
A JEWISH QUEEN NAMED ESTHER
It’s such a breath of fresh air to read about a righteous woman in the Bible. Yes we had Ruth a few books ago, but most of the women we’ve encountered either have been abused, get a one-line mention, or are corrupt.
The story of Esther would make a really good movie. I’m sure with some digging I could find one somewhere…
But reading this book once again, I am reminded of how well God orchestrated these events. There are so many ironies involved in this story and I would hate for you to miss them. I challenge you right now, to read the ENTIRE book of Esther.
Yes, the ENTIRE thing. Seriously, you can make so many connections when you sit and read a story from beginning to end, and this one is only 10 chapters long.
FROM ORPHAN TO RESCUER
Let me break down the basics. You can follow along with the pictures above:
- King Xerxes of Persia divorces his wife Queen Vashti
- He decides to select his new queen by rounding up all the beautiful young virgins
- He is so impressed by Esther (secretly a Jew) that he makes her Queen
- Meanwhile her cousin Mordecai, uncovers a plot to kill the king, tells Esther, she passes on the news and the king kills the assassins
- A royal official named Haman hates Mordecai and asks the King if he can annihilate the Jewish people, and he agrees!
- Mordecai tells Esther to ask the king to spare her people (revealing her Jewish heritage) and she invites the King and Haman to a banquet to tell them
- The night before the banquet, the King realizes he never honored Mordecai for saving his life and orders Haman to honor him publicly
- When Esther reveals she’s Jewish and asks for her people to be saved, the king is horrified at what Haman’s done and has him killed
- Mordecai is put 2nd in command and the Jewish people are saved
Now that was the most basic version of this book and I really want you to dig in deeper. Even this simple explanation is confusing, so I made another printable to help you as you study the book of Esther.
THE BOOK OF ESTHER PRINTABLES
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- Genesis Study
- 1 & 2 Kings Notes
- 1 & 2 Chronicles Notes
- Ezra & Nehemiah Printables
- Understanding the Old Testament Timeline
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