Introduction:

In the book of Esther, God is never mentioned, but is everywhere present. His providence surrounds all the events and characters. If we think about it carefully, we can perhaps see why a human author is not mentioned. This account has a very plain way of presenting itself — “story by God.”

The Text:

“And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them: And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so” (Esther 2:3–4Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

Summary of the Book:

You are all familiar with chiasms and, as it turns out, the book of Esther is structured as a chiasm. (See Dorsey.)

A The emperor’s proud feast

B Esther becomes queen

C King’s life is saved

D Haman’s plot

E Mordecai learns of plot

F Esther invites king and Haman to first banquet

G Turning point: Haman’s fortunes turn

F’ Esther invites king and Haman to second banquet

E’ Mordecai and Esther given Haman’s estate

D’ Haman’s plot foiled

C’ The Jews are saved

B’ Esther wins second day for Jews

A’ The Jews’ grateful feast

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