Chestnut Ridge Church
The Ordinaries - Part 6: Esther
People love Bible stories, because they involve ordinary people doing extraordinary things—with the help of God. Our summer series, The Ordinaries, will explore examples & lessons from some of the most beloved Old Testament Bible stories.
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The Ordinaries - Part 6: Esther [August 5, 2018] Tim Haring

Problem: We don't realize how strategic it is for us to be alive today
Solution: We are here and now for such a time as this
God has us here and now for such a time as this
The book takes place in the Persian period after many Israelites had returned from the Exile to the land of Palestine to rebuild the temple and set up the sacrificial system. Most Israelite captives, however, chose not to return to their homeland. They should have done so for Isaiah and Jeremiah had urged the yet-to-be-exiled nation to come out of Babylon after 70 years and return to the place where the Lord could bless them under the covenantal promises. Esther and Mordecai had not returned to the land and did not seem interested in complying with the prophetic command to return.[1]


[1] Martin, J. A. (1985). Esther. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, pp. 698–699). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Probably this persistent (day after day) refusal stemmed more from pride than from religious scruples…Mordecai was using their national heritage as an excuse for not giving honor to a high Persian official.
– J.A. Martin


[1] Martin, J. A. (1985). Esther. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 705). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
God has us here and now for such a time as this
“R. David Cohen, in his Sefer Esther Ha-Malkah, quotes unnamed archaeologists who found numerical cubes in Persia that, apparently, were used for divining the future. They would throw these cubes and, based on the number that landed, would attempt to discern the future.”
Purim is still celebrated by the Jews on the fourteenth day of Adar, which in our calendar varies from February 25 to March 25[1] -Breneman


[1] Breneman, M. (1993). Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (electronic ed., Vol. 10, p. 365). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
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• Carrying out God’s will on earth as it is in heaven

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