January 16, 2022

Not Our Home

Passage: Esther 1-2

The Book of Esther is not what you think. When some people think about the Book of Esther the Book of Ruth comes to mind. Both are named after women. And both are in the Old Testament. But that is where the comparison ends. Ruth is a story of sacrifice, loyalty, and love. There are plenty of Christological connections in Ruth. In contrast, Esther is dark. There is heavy drinking, sexual immorality, and a genocidal plot. God is never mentioned in Esther. Yet, Esther is unlike any other book in the entire Bible, because the providential hand of God is at work.