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January 14, 2024 Sermon Notes and Questions

Where is God?

Wk 6, “Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Doing the Wrong Thing”

Esther 6


Justin Scarberry

Message Notes for Week 6

A Root of Hatred-Antisemitism= hatred, mistreatment and prejudice against the Jewish people.

How Does God Speak to Us? Quietly!

1 Kings 19:11-12 NKJV

11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

The Bible Does Not Teach That This Life Will be Fair!

Matthew 5:45 NIV

that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Haman believed he would be blessed for his actions against the Jewish people.   Often, life is unfair!

The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12 NASB

12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Luke 6:31 NASB

31 Treat people the same way you want them to treat you.

Haman’s treatment of other’s boomeranged back on him.  If your treatment of others came back on you would it be a reward or a punishment?

Esther 6 NASB

During that night the king could not sleep, so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written what Mordecai had reported about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to attack King Ahasuerus. 3 Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” 4 So the king said, “Who is in the courtyard?” Now Haman had just entered the outer courtyard of the king’s palace in order to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the wooden gallows which he had prepared for him. 5 So the king’s servants said to him, “Behold, Haman is standing in the courtyard.” And the king said, “Have him come in.” 6 Haman then came in and the king said to him, “What is to be done for the man whom the king desires to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king desire to honor more than me?” 7 Therefore Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king desires to honor, 8 have them bring a royal robe which the king has worn, and the horse on which the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal turban has been placed; 9 then order them to hand the robe and the horse over to one of the king’s noble officials, and have them dress the man whom the king desires to honor, and lead him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him, ‘So it shall be done for the man whom the king desires to honor.’”

10 Then the king said to Haman, “Quickly, take the robe and the horse just as you have said, and do so for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the king’s gate; do not fail to do anything of all that you have said.” 11 So Haman took the robe and the horse, and dressed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “So it shall be done for the man whom the king desires to honor.”

12 Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate, while Haman hurried home, mourning, with his head covered. 13 And Haman informed Zeresh his wife and all his friends of everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish origin, you will not prevail over him, but will certainly fall before him.”

14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and quickly brought Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.

1., What has stood out so far in the book of Esther to you?

     a. Can you highlight some of the people in the book and their significance?

2. What is an Agagite?

     a. What are some of the instances of this tribe in scripture?

3. Starting from Abrahm/Abraham, can you name some of the lineage that came from him?

     a. Who are the Arab  people?

4. Who are Muslims and what are some of the things they believe?

     a. How do these beliefs conflict with either Jewish or Christian beliefs?

5. Read Esther 6:1-6

     a. Do people seem to get rewarded when they do not do the “right thing”?

     b. Conversely, do people get punished when they do the “right thing”?

     c. Can you think of some examples in scripture?

     d. Do you have any modern examples you can think of?

6. Is God always with His people?

     a. How does God talk to His people?

     b. Read 1 Kings 19:11-12,

          c. What does a “gentle whisper” or a “still small voice” refer to?

          d. How do we hear God’s voice?

7. Read Esther 6:7-12

     a. The bible says we reap what we sow, what does that mean and is that always the case?

     b. Have you had any personal experience with either friends or family that have turned against you that you are willing to share with the group?

     c. What are some of the things we should do when we are in that situation?

Please continue to pray for the church and for the leadership. With so many people moving into the area that the church will not be shy in spreading the message of Jesus.