Esther, A Story Of God's Providential Care For His People
In our study of Esther chapter one, we look at how God takes care of His people even when they are disobedient. God has always preserved His people and this book gives us an example of how He does that through some ordinary people. Jerusalem fell to Babylon (modern Iraq) and God's people were taken into exile. Later, Persia (modern Iran) defeated the Babylonians and the king allowed the Israelites to return to Jerusalem to rebuild. (see the books of Ezra and Nehemiah) A minority of the Jewish people went back to Jerusalem. This book tells us of the people that disobeyed God and stayed in Persia. Even though God's name is never mentioned in this book, it is easy to see the hand of God at work behind the scenes to preserve His people.