Daily Bible Reading:
- Day 1: Esther 6:1-13
- Day 2: Esther 7:1-10
- Day 3: Esther 8:1-17
- Day 4: Esther 9:1-32
- Day 5: Esther 10:1-3
Week 47: Sleepless in Persia (Esther 6:1-13)
- What do you usually do when you cannot sleep at night? Do you have any special remedies to try to help you sleep?
- In our story, a sleepless night for King Ahasuerus of Persia resulted in a great blessing for Mordecia the Jew. On that night when King Ahasuerus could not sleep, what did he give orders for his servants to do?
- As the king’s servants read from the “book of memorable deeds,” what special deed did they read about Mordecia the Jew? What question did the king raise concerning Mordecia’s heroic deed?
- When Haman entered the king’s court, for what reason was he there to speak with the king? Before Haman could speak, what question did the king ask him? Who do you think Haman thought the king wanted to honor?
- What did Haman suggest should be done for the man whom the king delights to honor? What do you think Haman was thinking when he was required to honor Mordecia the Jew? Read Esther 7:7-10. What happened to Haman and what “irony” do you see in this?
- In this story, how far back and in what ways can you trace the sovereignty of God? It what good ways did God’s sovereignty work in Mordecai’s favor? In what tragic ways did God’s sovereignty work against Haman’s evil plot?
- What does it mean when we speak of “God’s providence?” What great lessons can we learn from this story about the providence of God? In what ways does this story present us with a promise to claim?
- Can you share a testimony of a time you witnessed God’s providence in your own life? How does the assurance of God’s providence make you feel today?
- Let’s pray today for faith to trust in God’s providential care for our lives.