Sun, Mar 06, 2016

Esther's Intercession

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 Big Idea: God places His people in key places and times. He expects us to walk in wisdom, humility, prayer and boldness as we actively participate in God’s plan, waiting and trusting that God will provide everything that is needed in our hour of need. God’s judgment may seem to us to be slow but it is certain, so we should respond while we still may.

I. Telling the Story

A. No time to sulk (6:14)

B. Esther exercises wisdom, discernment and grace in presenting her request to the king.

C. The King demands to know the identity of the perpetrator.

D. Haman’s situation unravels rapidly.

II. Timeless Truth and Living Differently

A. God delays to give extra time for repentance, but once His judgment is in motion, it is swift.

B. God puts people in key moments “for such a times as this.”

C. The enemy’s deceptions will fail in the end.

D. Beware of shallow relationships of mutual advantage.

Discussion Questions:

1) Have you ever told yourself you had time but when it came down to it, you didn’t? Do you tend to overestimate how much time you have, or the other way around? Are you a procrastinator or a get-it-done-right-away sort of person?

2) Do you know someone who has had a “death bed conversion”? Do you know others who held on to their disbelief until the end? Is it rational to believe that one will follow a path one’s whole life and then suddenly change course at the end?

3) How much do you think timing matters? Have you had an experience where you did something at the wrong or even the worst time? Will you share your story?
How do you know when the right moment is?

4) How much does it matter how a request is made? If the idea is really good, should the “packaging” really make a difference? Do you know of a situation where the best idea didn’t win because of the way it was presented?

5) Have you ever had someone you thought was a friend turn on you when it was to their advantage? In this story, why does Harbona says what he does (Esther 7:9)?

6) Does the king over react by hanging Haman, or does he finally just see him for who he was all along?
Why do you suppose the king thought Haman was assaulting Esther in his own house (Esther 7:8)? Was Haman actually assaulting Esther?

7) Have you found your “for such a time as this” moment yet? If so, tell the story.

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