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The book of Esther explained with illustrations
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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought of the book of Esther.

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Tim Mackie is a Pastor of Door of Hope church and a Professor at Western Seminary – timmackie.com

 

45 thoughts on “Read Scripture: Esther

  1. I wish this was the kind of stuff I learned at church. I “learn” a lot about how a christian should live, but not a lot about the Bible. (I put learn in quotes because I feel like it’s just a repeat of the same message over and over again.)

    • and then, …Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”. Maybe we can be a little mild when we talk to or reply others.

    • Dalbert Onyebuchi here’s a question for you? Do you think they met in private and secretly or they were welcomed in the synagouges? Jesus said “they will kick you out of the towns and synagouges, all on account of me” well it seems like it also says in hebrews “you suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions” and why? because the true followers of Christ are not in buildings or groups like the world has groups, but they are internationally scattered until Christ returns. that’s why Paul said in Athens…
      acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c]

      29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

    • Dalbert Onyebuchi it’s fake Christians too busy worrying about being fakes and their ” image” to the world. Obviously it is not working, look around you, there are more ” christians” than any other religion and yet the world is filled with wickedness, and NOT for a lack of ” christianity” that’s for sure. somethings wrong, and it is that no one is really telling the truth, and everyone has believed the lies told for generations.

    • I agree with you that the true body of Christ is not a building. So if one finds believers who share similar true beliefs, then such persons form what we call local church group (may not have a name)..and such persons should meet anywhere (on the tram…cafe, school..wherever) and hold services (just sharing the word of God and their victories and failures..and praying for grace to stay victorious).

    • i understand that the history of the Church is flawed. This is because humanity is flawed. Not an excuse anyway. But if we look into His Word, we will find a pattern for living. If we stay faithful to this pattern, our posterity will be able to see in us, a people passionate about His Kingdom..A people who broke free from the bad history..to embrace the true meaning of God’s Kingdom: Grace, Love, Mercy and Justice.

  2. The running theme of the books in scripture really is about redemption I don’t know why it took me this long to see something so obvious that God planned through Genesis – even the world, which was once desolate & formless – was revamped & made beautiful by God’s redeeming hand. As a Christian this gives me hope for this world & the next.

  3. Interesting animation, very well done.
    Though you didn’t include an important part of the story—Esther was first afraid to break the law so she told Mordecai to have all the Jews in the province fast and pray to God with her for 3days (Esther 4), only after the 3days of prayer and fasting was complete could she approach the King, reveal herself and save her people.
    God bless.

    • Way back then, hanging referred to being impaled on a stake like they showed in the video. When we read hanging in our modern time, we imagine the rope dangling from a tree or something and being hung by the neck. I took an ancient history/bible class and asked the teacher the same question. I hope that helps! 🙂

  4. I LOVE these videos. However, there are a few major point that have been misrepresented that were missed. First, in the beginning of the book when the King decreed that a new Queen be found, it was for another reason. His advisors told the King that because his Queen (Vashti) had refused to be obedient to him that it would cause ALL of the other women in the Kingdom to also treat their husbands with contempt and disdain. Kind of an uprising of RADICAL feminism. So he didnt make this declaration for a new Queen out of a drunken stupor. It was to ensure that there wasnt an uprising of domestic problems in the Kingdom due to women disrespecting their husbands.

    Also, when the King ordered Haman’s execution, the Bible does not say he was in a drunken rage. Nowhere does it indicate that he wasnt in his right mind. Then Haman was not impaled but hanged.

  5. I like a lot of your clips, But this video leaves out very important details, and quite frankly has a lot of inaccuracy according to the Bible.

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