In Esther we see the origins of the Jewish celebration of Purim. It is intended as a reminder of God's faithfulness and deliverance in the midst of adversity. When God is for you, you always have a reason to celebrate.
In our study of Esther, we've learned that selfishness leads to sin and suffering. Haman and the king were willing to exterminate the Jewish people to serve their own needs. The book of Esther offers the opportunity to contrast their selfishness with the picture of a godly leader.
In Esther 5, we see Queen Esther approaching the king with humility and honor in her desire to save her people, the Jews. Meanwhile, Haman, one of the king's officials, is filled with pride, and his anger burned towards the Jews.
In chapter 2, we are introduced to three complex characters. In the king, we see the lack of accountability in his attitude and behavior. We are also introduced to Mordecai and his cousin Esther as they are faced with choices of faith vs convenience.
In Esther 1, we see King Xerxes so wrapped up in himself that he makes a drunken, foolish decision. Instead of putting his wife's needs first, he choose to demoralize and shame her. Today, we contrast this against the example of what a godly marriage should look like.
As we begin our new series on the book of Esther, we see King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) throwing a massive party that lasted 180 days. This party was about indulging in every pleasure imaginable. We can observe that the kingdom this king is building is all about his own glory. What type of kingdom are you building in your life?