Esther’s Story … Part 1 (Intro and Chapter 1)

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Esther's Story

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

(NOTE: Ray C. Stedman’s book “The Queen and I” was a major source of inspiration for this series of articles on the Book of Esther.)

Although my Hebrew name is Hadassah, which comes from our name for the myrtle tree, most people know me by my Persian name, Esther. This is the story of how I rose from an orphaned captive Jewish girl to become Queen of Persia, the most powerful nation of my day. Continue reading…

Esther’s Story … Part 2 (Chapters 2-3)

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Esther's Story

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

As I mentioned last time Mordecai is my cousin, although he’s so much older than I am that he actually remembers life in Jerusalem before the Babylonians destroyed it. When my parents died he took me in and raised me as his own. Our age differences made him seem more like a grandfather to me than a cousin and I loved and trusted him completely. Continue reading…

Esther’s Story … Part 3 (Chapters 4-8)

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Esther's Story

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The foiled assassination plot against the King can be likened to your salvation experience. Remember, due to Mordecai’s timely warning the two officers who plotted the King’s death were discovered and sentenced to die. Most translations of my story say they were hanged, but in those days hanging meant something different than it does today. It meant that they were nailed to a tree or wooden post and left to hang there till they died, and that’s what happened to the would-be assassins. It was an early form of crucifixion, and it saved the King from death. The event was then recorded in the Annals of the King. Continue reading…

Esther’s Story … Part 4 (Chapters 8-10) Conclusion

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Esther's Story

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

With the death of Haman and the elevation of Mordecai to Chief Counselor, you’d think my problems would be over, but we still had the extermination order against all my people in Persia to deal with. I fell on my knees and begged the King to rescind Haman’s order. Continue reading…