Esther 7 & 8

  1. How does chapter 7 illustrate the theme of certain psalms?
    See, e.g., Pss. 73:17-19; 94:1-7, 21-23.
    How should this influence our faith?
  2. After the fall of Haman what did:
    (a) Esther and
    (b) the Jews still have to do to obtain the deliverance promised by the king?
    See especially 8:3-8, 11, 12.
    What parallel is there in Christian experience?
    Cf. Phil. 2:12, 13.

Notes

  1. 7:3. ‘My life…my people…’: for the first time Esther acknowledges her nationality.
  2. 7:9. Notice how often the king’s decisions are influenced by those around him.