‘God’s saints in tight spots’: #6: Esther (Esther 4:1-17)

The book of Esther, as the name suggests, tells the story of the Jewess Esther who became Queen of a mighty kingdom by virtue of being married to its King. Although the book never once mentions God, His fingerprints are all over it – especially in the decisive moment when Esther was faced with a choice of having her own people (the Jews) perish or facing that risk herself by entering unannounced into the presence of the King). The book is remembered for her words, ‘If I perish, I perish’, but it does more for us that relate a climactic story. It points ultimately to the One who chose to perish for His people – even Jesus our Lord.

Full service

00:00 Introduction
Song: O the Mercy of God
01:07 Prayer
04:08 Children’s talk (with thanks to Kidswise; see also Big Picture Bible Crafts #52-53)
Song: Psalm 68:20 (Our God Is a God Who Saves)
09:01 Prayer
12:58 Greeting from the Canavans
Song: King of Kings
15:07 Bible reading: Esther 4
Song: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
18:18 Sermon: Esther 4
Song: Consider Christ
43:52 Closing