Hope Community Church
REFUEL Mid-Week Bible Study (January 10th, 2018)
A casual, topical bible study to help "fill up your tank" in the middle of the week. Come as you are and dig deeper into the Word! • Hope's Coffee Café - coffee/tea bar in the foyer from 6:30-6:55 PM • Child Care (ages 6wks-5yrs) & Kids "Mid-Week Mania" (grades K-5th) provided
Locations & Times
  • Hope Community Church
    1240 Jay St, Waterford Twp, MI 48327, USA
    Wednesday 7:00 PM
Week 1:
“Introduction To Esther”
(Esther 1:1-9)
Israel's United Kingdom encompassed the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon.

Israel's Divided Kingdom occurred during the reign of Rehoboam, Solomon's son.

10 Tribes made up the Northern Kingdom, also referred to as Israel.
2 Tribes (Judah & Benjamin) made up the Southern Kingdom, also referred to as Judah.

The Northern Kingdom was taken captive in 722-721 B.C. by the Assyrians.
The Southern Kingdom was taken captive in 605-586 B.C. by the Babylonians.

The Babylonians were defeated in 539 B.C. by the Medes-Persians.

The Jewish people were allowed to return to their homeland by Cyrus the Great. (Ezra 1:1-4)
• God referred to him as "my shepherd" and "His anointed". (Is. 44:28-45:1)

Events recorded in the Book of Esther take place:
• After the return of Zerubbabel who rebuilt the temple. (Ezra chapters 1-6)
• Before the return of Ezra who restored spiritual order. (Ezra chapters 7-10)
• Before the return on Nehemiah who restored Jerusalem's walls. (Book of Nehemiah)

Esther is one of 2 women who have books named after them, the other being Ruth.

The major themes of the Book of Esther are God's:
Preservation (He saves His chosen people from annihilation.)
Sovereignty (He oversees the affairs of men to accomplish His will.)
King Ahasuerus is perhaps better known by the name Xerxes 1.
His actions probably come on the heels of an embarrassing military defeat.
He wrongly assumed all he needed was a good buzz.
Next Week:
Purity at a Price
(Esther 1:10-22)