Mar 31, 2019
We are now going to start a book series on the Book of Esther, but before we dive into the passages themselves, I want to paint the big picture ﬁrst of all, so that we don’t lose sight of it once we get into the details of the narrative.
The central theme of this book has to do with the PROVIDENCE of God. Let me give you a working deﬁnition of providence: Providence is God’s divine activity that provides protection, provision and promotion on behalf of His people based on His loving foreknowledge.
Providence precludes the employment of supernatural and miraculous interventions, but nevertheless displays the POWER of God to CONTROL THINGS, CIRCUMSTANCES and PEOPLE so that ultimately everything that happens is according to the SCRIPT of God. He is the PRODUCER, DIRECTOR and SCRIPT WRITER all rolled into one to paint the story He wants.
1. THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD
2. THE UNFAITHFULNESS OF ISRAEL
3. THE CONSEQUENCE OF UNFAITHFULNESS
4. THE PROVIDENTIAL FAITHFULNESS of GOD
5. THE ROD OF DISCIPLINE THAT STRAIGHTENS OUR PATH
The providence of God in our lives is a reminder that the God we serve is a Covenant keeping God who keeps His promises and never forsakes nor abandons His people. Let God’s providence be an inspiration to gratitude and obedience.
May we not be like the Jews in exile who lingered outside of God’s will and almost paid dearly with their lives. If not for the providence of God, they would have been exterminated altogether. Let us not however use the providence of God as a license to stay outside His will.