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The Book of Esther

In Esther, God chose to reveal how He would providentially preserve His ancient covenant people to bring forth in the flesh the Messiah Who would be the Savior of the world.  Ironically, the name of God is never mentioned throughout the book. However, the finger of God’s presence can be clearly seen.  In this series, I hope to demonstrate God’s presence in the midst of Esther’s role to bring forth the Savior.


--Pastor Bob Spagnuolo


Code  Sermon Title (Scripture Text)

Chapter One–A Temperamental Persian Monarch

D01   Introduction to the Book (Est. Chapter 1)

D02   The King’s Party [1] (Est. 1:1-4)

D03   The King’s Party [2] (Est. 1:1-4)

D04   The King’s Feast Grand Finale (Est. 1:5-8)

D05   The Queen’s Feast (Est. 1:9)

D06   King’s Shameful Request, Queen’s Steadfast Refusal [1] (Est. 1:10-12)

D07   King’s Shameful Request, Queen’s Steadfast Refusal [2] (Est. 1:10-12)

D08   The King’s Anger (Est. 1:10-12)

D09   The King’s Courtly Business Meeting (Est. 1:13-22)


Chapter Two–Quest for a New Queen

D10   Historical, Political and Spiritual Settings (Est. 2:1-7)

D11   Repentance - Its True Face and Fruits (Est. 2:1-7)

D12   Vanity of Beauty (Est. 2:1-7)

D13   Payday is Coming (Est. 2:5-7)

D14   The Favor of God Revealed and Demonstrated (Est. 2:8-11)

D15   Promotion by God Revealed and Demonstrated (Est. 2:12-20)

D16   Little is Much When God is In It (Est. 2:21-23)


Chapter Three–A Wicked Man and an Evil Plot

D17   Malice in the Palace (Est. 3:1-6)

D18   Authority and Our Response to It [1] (Est. 3:1-6)

D19   Authority and Our Response to It [2] (Rom. 12:9--13:7)

D20   Authority and Our Response to It [3] (Rom. 13:1-7)

D21   Authority and Our Response to It [4] (Dan. 2:37-45)

D22   Authority and Our Response to It [5] (Dan. 5:17-23)

D23   Duties of Civil Magistrates (Rom. 13:1-3)

D24   Our Duty to the Government (Rom. 13:4-7)

D25   Civil Disobedience [1] Is It ever Justified? (Judged 6:1-11)

D26   Civil Disobedience [2] Jesus' Example (Mark 2:23-28)

D27   Civil Disobedience [3] Other Biblical Examples (Josh. 2:1-7)

D28   Hatred, Pride and Folly - The Devil's Soup [1] (Est. 3:5-15)

D29   Hatred, Pride and Folly - The Devil's Soup [2] (Psalm 10)

D30   Hatred, Pride and Folly - The Devil's Soup [3] (Est. 3:8-15)

D31   Hatred, Pride and Folly - The Devil's Soup [4] (Est. 3:8-15)

D32   Hatred, Pride and Folly - The Devil's Soup [5] (Est. 3:8-15)

D33   Malice in the Palace -- conclusion (Est. 3:12-15)


Chapter Four–Esther’s Critical Decision

D34   The Lamentation of Mordecai (Est.4:1-3)

D35   The Lamentation of the Jews (Est. 4:3-8)

D36   Esther's Consternation with Mordecai (Est. 4:4-9)

D37   Esther's Dilemma -- The Mystery of God's Providence [1] (Est. 4:10-12)

D38   Esther's Dilemma -- The Mystery of God's Providence [2] (Prov. 21:1-2)

D39   Esther's Dilemma -- The Mystery of God's Providence [3] (Gen. 50:15-21)

D40   A Biblical Perspective on Slavery [1] Introduction (I Cor. 9:19-23)

D41   A Biblical Perspective on Slavery [2] Old Testament Regulations (Ex. 21:1-6)

D42   A Biblical Perspective on Slavery [3] Captives in Time of War (Est. 21:10-14)

D43   A Biblical Perspective on Slavery [4] A Runaway Slave (Deut. 23:15-16)

D44   A Biblical Perspective on Slavery [5] A Biblical Rebuttal (Col. 3:18--4:1)

D45   A Biblical Perspective on Slavery [6] A Runaway Restored and Returned 1 (Philemon)

D46   A Biblical Perspective on Slavery [7] A Runaway Restored and Returned 2 (Col. 4:7-14)

D47   Behind the Scenes Realities of God's Providence (Est. 4:13-14)

D48   Esther's Plan of Attack (Est. 4:15-17)


Chapter Five–Esther’s First Banquet

D49    Introduction to Chapter 5 by reviewing chapters 1-4 (Est. 4:15-17)

                For a .pdf file of the “Esther Time Line” referenced in this lesson

D50    Esther’s First Courageous Step (Esther 5:1-5)

D51    The Great Gulf Breached (Esther 5:1-5)

D52    The Fear of Man Breached (Esther 5:1-5)

D53    The Queen Received (Esther 5:1-5)

D54    The King’s Request (Esther 5:3-6) [Subject:  Prayer]

D55    The King’s Second Request (Est. 5:5-8, Ps. 65:2)  [Subject:  Prayer]

D56    Haman--Can Good Come From Evil? (Est. 5:9-11)

D57    Pride Goeth Before a Fall (Prov. 16:18-19)

D58    The Supportive Wife (Esther 5:12-14)


Chapter Six–Promotion Cometh From Above

D59    A Sovereign God, A Sleepless King--1 (Est. 6:1, Job 7:1-4)

D60    A Sovereign God, A Sleepless King--2 (Est. 6:1, Job 33:14-17)

D61    The Unseen, Superintending God of the Ages--1 (Est. 6:1-3, Job 5:12-19)

D62    The Unseen, Superintending God of the Ages--2 (Est. 6:1-9, Dan. 6:25-28)

D63    The Unseen, Superintending God of the Ages--3 (Esther 6:4-14)

D64    The Unseen, Superintending God of the Ages--4 (Esther 6:12-14)


Chapter Seven–Man Proposes, God Disposes

D65   Sacred Time Line Review for Esther (Esther 7)

        Click here for accompanying visual chart.

D66   Haman’s Sin Exposed (Esther 7:1-6)

D67   Vengeance Belongeth to God (Esther 7:7-10)


Chapter Eight–Capitalizing Upon Our Providences

D68   Things Made Clear (Esther 8:1-2)

D69   Taking the Offense (Esther 8:3-8)

D70   In the King’s Name (Esther 8:8)

D71   One Man’s Impact on His Culture (Esther 8:8-17)


Chapter Nine–Two Days of Bloodshed

D72   Hatred Without Cause (Esther 9:1-4)

D73   The Feast of Purim (Esther 9:4-32)


Chapter Ten–The Greatness of Mordecai

D74   A Tribute to Two Men (Esther 10:1-3)