Session 4: Esther reveals her secret
Xerxes, king of Persia
Haman, the new prime minister
Esther (formerly Hadassah), the new queen - but secretly a Jew
Mordecai, palace official, and cousin (some translations say uncle) of Esther
(5:1 - 5:4) Esther approaches the king, unsummoned
(5:4 - 5:7) Esther hosts banquet #1
(7:1 - 7:6) Esther hosts banquet #2, and reveals her secret to the king
(7:7 - 7:10) Haman taunts and assaults Esther, and is hanged
(8:1 - 8:2) Mordecai becomes Prime Minister
(8:9 - 8:14) Mordecai issues edict for the Jews to defend themselves
(9:20 - 9:32) Purim becomes a festival of remembrance
Read Esther 5:1-7 and 7:1 - 9:19
Chapter E or 16 (Catholic Bible) has the text of the Mordecai's edict for the Jews to ignore the previous edict, and defend themselves.
Scenes 21-24 (
Following the film, read the establishment of Purim (9:20-32)
Esther invites Haman to a banquet - twice (5:4, 5:7) - taking Proverbs 25:21 (and Romans 12:20) literally. Do we treat our enemies this way?
Edict #2 instructs the Jews to ignore edict #1. How many times have we sent messages, then sought to undo them? Do these situations exist in the church today?
Revised June 27 2016 by Rick Mills
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