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Esther 9 & 10

Esther Bible Study Week 10

Good morning and happy Wednesday! I can’t believe this is our last day in Esther. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. So let’s jump in.

  1. Esther 9:20-32 basically establishes the observation of Purim for the Jewish people. Mordecai sent out a letter to all 127 provinces obliging them to keep the 14th and 15th days Adar as days of fasting and gladness.
  2. We learn that the name Purim comes from the Persian word for the lots that Haman cast when determining the right day to slaughter the Jews. Btw, I found out I have been pronouncing it wrong for years – it’s /poo-REEM/.
  3. Did you notice any repeated words or phrases? The Jews were OBLIGATED (x3) to observe this celebration. This isn’t just a couple of days off of work – it’s an official Jewish holiday that the people accepted as their obligation to observe without fail. There are also 4 references to the obligation of teaching this tradition to their offspring and descendants. They took the business of tradition keeping very seriously.
  4. In verses 29-32 Esther and Mordecai send out a 2nd letter. This one established the fast that is observed the day before Purim (13th of Adar). This fast commemorates the 3 days of fasting in chapter 3 as Esther readied herself to plead with the king on behalf of her people.
  5. We finish with chapter 10 which tells us the king was very powerful and Mordecai was his very powerful second in command. Maybe the drunken king was powerful because Mordecai was his second in command? The final words about Mordecai are lovely – “he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.” I love that this book which is so full of killing ends on a note of peace.

So, what did you learn? What did God reveal to you as you studied and prayed and journaled?

I was really struck by how much thought and emphasis was given to making sure this holiday of Purim would endure. Do you consider holidays an obligation? If I am honest, I have never thought about Easter this way but I think I will now. Remembering the sacrifice of Christ for me should be an obligation I take very seriously. And making Resurrection Rolls (if you haven’t tried these look them up- they are AMAZING) with my children is not just making memories with them, it is ensuring that they will keep these traditions and celebrations alive.

I hope this study of Esther has blessed you! Now get ready for James, because we’re jumping in next week! 🙂

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