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Esther 10

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The Advancement and Greatness of Mordecai

Esther 10

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Lesson Number 10

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The righteous are exalted and remembered in due time.
  2. The wicked are humbled and forgotten in due time.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s follow the model of Mordecai.

Questions

  1. Why was the book of Esther not included among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
  2. Why should we study the book of Esther, if it does not even mention God?
  3. How is the book of Esther prophetic?
  4. How is the principle, “The righteous are exalted and remembered in due time,” illustrated in the life of Mordecai?
  5. Will all righteous people receive honor in this lifetime?

Answers

  1. The scribes probably did not put a high emphasis on copying the book of Esther, because it does not mention the name of God.
  2. Because the hand of God is seen throughout the book. He was working behind-the-scenes to protect His people.
  3. The anti-Semitism in the book of Esther is typical of anti-Semitism in the last days. Just as God delivered His people in the time of Esther, He will return for them in the last days.
  4. Mordecai’s future did not look promising when he was the target of Haman’s hatred of the Jews. But Mordecai did what was right. And God caused Mordecai to be exalted.
  5. No, many righteous people will not be exalted until the judgment seat of Christ, after their death. But what an honor it will be!

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the apocryphal additions to the book of Esther. Why do we believe they are not part of the inspired text?
  2. Review your study of the book of Esther. What have you learned that you did not know before? What have you learned that is most significant to your life?

Challenge

  1. We have seen an excellent role model in the book of Esther, Mordecai the Jew. Will you follow his model in your life?

Key Verses

  • “For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews… seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen.” Esther 10:3

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