Christian preachers have treated the Bible book of Esther as cats treat water and Superman treats kryptonite. The book of Esther never mentions God, no one prays, no miracles happen, and the book is never even mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. It is as if God was on vacation during the time of Esther. The hero of the book is a Jewish orphaned girl who grew up to be so beautiful that the great king chooses her as the winner of Persia's version of The Bachelor.
Yet, isn't this what life is like most of the time? Doesn't it seem as if God is absent and evil abounds? Don't good things happen despite impure motives? Don't God's plans move forward despite us?
Perhaps the ancient story of Esther is more timely than ever: a single woman, who is barely spiritual sleeping with a bad guy due in part to the fact she has no family to lean on, meets God, is transformed, and is used by God to save others.
Through the story, we see life as we know it: God's perfect work through imperfect people.
Join us on September 16, as Pastor Mark takes 11 weeks to preach through this book verse by verse. For more on the series, visit: http://marshill.com/esther and be sure to check out the wallpapers below: