Esther (Esther 1:1-6)

Jesse Mawson, 8 May, 2016
Part of the How We Read the Bible series, preached at a Special event service

In this message Jesse dives into the book of Esther as a case study for How We Read the Bible. It is probably best to have a read of it before you come (It will make more sense). I will touch on my own partially faulty reading of Esther and how easy it is for us to read ourselves into scripture. We will then have a look at where the book of Esther takes place within the greater story and see how that can give us a key to understanding the book. Further we will then engage with how we as 21st century Christians read this book in light of its purpose


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Esther 1:1-6

1:1 Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces, in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne in Susa, the capital, in the third year of his reign he gave a feast for all his officials and servants. The army of Persia and Media and the nobles and governors of the provinces were before him, while he showed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor and pomp of his greatness for many days, 180 days. And when these days were completed, the king gave for all the people present in Susa, the citadel, both great and small, a feast lasting for seven days in the court of the garden of the king's palace. There were white cotton curtains and violet hangings fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rods and marble pillars, and also couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones. (ESV)

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