The book of Esther never mentions God’s name, yet God clearly orchestrated all of its events. Esther, a Jew living among the exiles in Persia, became queen of the empire in about 480 B.C. Haman, a Persian official, sought to eradicate the Jewish minority, but God had prepared Esther “for such a time as this” (4:14) to save his covenant people. The book was written some decades later to document the origins of the Jewish observance of Purim, which celebrates Israel’s survival and God’s faithfulness. The author is unknown, but some believe it could have been Esther’s cousin Mordecai, who is a key person in the book. Throughout the book we see God’s sovereign hand preserving his people, showing that everything is under his control. (Esther, 2001. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)

17 Wordle Esther

Est 1.1-9; Story; The King’s Banquets

Est 1.10-22; Story; Queen Vashti’s Refusal

Est 2.1-18; Story; Esther Chosen Queen

Est 2.19-23; Story; Mordecai Discovers a Plot

Est 3.1-15; Story; Haman Plots Against the Jews

Est 4.1-17; Story; Esther Agrees to Help the Jews

Est 5.1-8; Story; Esther Prepares a Banquet

Est 5.9-14; Story; Haman Plans to Hang Mordecai

Est 6.1-13; Story; The King Honors Mordecai

Est 6.14-7.6; Story; Esther Reveals Haman’s Plot

Est 7.7-10; Story; Haman Is Hanged

Est 8.1-17; Story; Esther Saves the Jews

Est 9.1-19; Story; The Jews Destroy Their Enemies

Est 9.20-32; Story; The Feast of Purim Inaugurated

Est 10.1-3; Story; The Greatness of Mordecai