Esther is a book about raising your voice to make a difference. To speak your voice is not the same as giving someone a piece of your mind. One comes from a deep place of truth based on who God created you to be, the other is a knee jerk reaction of anxiety. In Esther, we see the power of King Xerxes and Haman on display but we see true power in the characters of Queen Vashti, Esther, and Mordeccai. The series divides the book into four parts, Chapter 1-3 shows how your voice singles you out when Queen Vashti stands up to the King by refusing to parade herself around. Chapters 2-3 shows the power of Esther's unspoken voice when she speaks out. Chapters 4-7 shows how Esther's spoken voice brings about justice. Chapters 8-10 shows how Mordecai's voice left a mark on history by influencing the courage of a young woman.
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FEARLESS - Part 1: The High Cost
Dr Tom Rundel - January 6, 2019
The Beginning of Esther is a comparison of power: True vs False. The King has the authority of riches, admiration, and position. His power is dependent upon these external things, and thus revealed as weak. Queen Vashti has a power that comes from an internal source of strong character, revealing it to be true. She makes a stand which costs her a crown, but leaves a mark on the rest of history.
FEARLESS - Part 2: Your Voice Empowers
Jason Raitz; January 13, 2019
Mordecai is an empowerer. He raises his voice to empower Esther to speak against a great injustice. Esther in turn uses her voice to empower the whole community to own the situation at hand. The community is then aimed in prayer toward bringing about justice. Empowerment multiplies influence and brings about real change in the world.
FEARLESS - Part 3: Your Voice Impacts
Melissa Miller, January 20, 2019
The world asks us all a question, ”What do you want?” We can answer this question in an impactful way with all courage, or we can choose to hide from it. We all have a voice, a specific passion and calling given to us by God. Our voice is our own, and no one else will speak it for us. Esther has a voice that came with the position of Queen, and she boldly risks her life to speak to the king concerning the plot to kill her people, and succeeds. Our story may not be as dramatic, but it is just as essential. What is God calling you to build, influence, say, or change? Your voice impacts the world, so speak.
FEARLESS - Part 4: Your Voice Lasts
Stephanie Shephard, January 27, 2019
When you learn that your voice matters, empowers, and impacts; and choose to speak up and use your unique voice for the good of others, your voice lasts. When you choose to unselfishly use your voice you leave behind a legacy. It often requires that you sacrifice your comforts, security, and preferences. But the ending of Esther is a praise, not of a great King Xerxes, but the simple Mordecai who had the courage to speak up for the good of his people. And our beloved Esther’s accomplishments is not praised and recognized, but secretly held in the hearts of the readers as the true hero of the story.