Esther and the deadly Dilemma was a five part series that I taught at unedited spirituality in the fall of 2011. I’m hoping over the next few months to convert my notes into something readable.
Part 1: Context and Characters
An important part of the journey towards maturity is the push to make sure our faith is defined by more than just the obvious answers. There’s a beauty in exploring the popular texts in the scriptural story but then are moments where we reach through the surface into the depths of the text to discover something new, something forgotten, and perhaps something surprisingly transformational.
This is often my experience when I reach back into the Old Testament narrative books and it’s exactly what we encounter in the story of Esther. A somewhat small story about an isolated period of Jewish history that, if we allow, has significant implications for our faith journey today.
All of the books in the Bible are fascinating in their own way. Their content and their context and what they’re trying to say about God and humanity is worth exploring. Esther, however, is an odd text. For one, it’s a book in our Bible that doesn’t mention or reference God… at all, which is unexpected.