The book of Esther appears as a historical book in the Hebrew Bible. Set in the city of Susa, during the Persian empire, the story of Esther portrays the literary convention of a Jew in a foreign court. Esther, the heroine, saves her people from destruction and creates the origin for the holiday, Purim. The lack of divine intervention in this book raises many questions, especially the inclusion of it canonicity. Many aspects of the story, point to the idea that the story of Esther began as a Babylonian narrative that was adopted into the Hebrew Bible.
In the text, God is neither mentioned nor addressed in prayer, yet the prosperity of Judaism over her enemies undoubtedly elevates Esther in standing with other significant figures of the Old Testament. Hebrew Esther makes heavy reliance on symbolism, such as the relationship between Esther and Mordecai, which works to show the importance of kin and loyalty. This is paralleled by Haman, and the relationship he has with his family. Hate is also a critical theme in Esther; the blind hate Haman feels for Mordecai and the Jews is reminds us of the adversity faced by God’s chosen people in the past, present, and the future. Arguably the most consequential use of symbolism in Esther is the climactic turn of fate, which places Haman and his sons in the position originally intended for the Jews.
No matter if you do it, it’s not justified by the time of social injustice, bribery, or corruption that caused us to do so. I believe that the insight God has brought to me after reading Amos is he brings nice and luxurious things to those who listen, work hard, and are honest. He believes those things are blessings to his people and we should enjoy them. Micah Micah prophesied during a time when the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. While Micah predicted the fall of Samaria that took place in the seven hundred B.C.
Joe’s father kept him out of school, beat him and his mother, and even would track them down if they were to run away. But, through all that abuse, Joe still shows kindness to him. Joe means that for what God had given to his father, he was a good man. Also, Joe married Mrs. Joe because he wanted to help the
Isaiah 53 When studying the bible, you can find that there is not place in all the Old Testament is it so plainly and fully prophesied. That Christ would have to suffer, and then to enter into his glory, as in this chapter. But to this day few discern, or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the word. The authentic and most important report of salvation for sinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded. The low condition he submitted to, and his appearance in the world, were not agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah.
It is at this point, the imminent threat of the Jews, where Esther’s true story begins; Mordecai goes and wails outside the palace gates while wearing sackcloth, and Esther fasts for three days before visiting the king. Esther is worried that she will be executed for visiting King Xerxes unannounced, but rather he tells her he will give her whatever she wants—in return she asks to have a banquet for Haman and the king, twice. At the end of the second banquet Esther pleads with the king, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request” (Esther 7:3, NIV). King Xerxes grants Esther’s request, hanging Haman to death in
God was moved to use him for the Israelites because of the passion he had for his flock. He led the Israelites who were very difficult people out of the land of captivity. He loved the Israelites just like he loved his flock with tenderness of heart. He was humble and transparent and he was able to train a successor , a man called Joshua. He was not selfish.
Jude only came to believe that Jesus was the Son of God after His Ascension, his lack of faith during Jesus’ ministry leaves to show how he was still ignorant and in need of the Spirit’s enlightenment. As for Peter, he was impulsive and often let his emotions get the best of him. One example would be when he refused to accept Jesus’ prediction of His death and earned himself a stern rebuke from the Lord. Another would be when he denied having known Christ out of fear (John 18:17). The truly inspiring part of their story is that God chose to overlook these weaknesses, and through His amazing grace, He used them just as they were for His
For this essay I chose the bible passage Exodus 18:13-27 which is about Moses’ Father-in-law, Jethro, advising him on appointing judges and people under him to help take care of and make decisions for the people. This was because Moses was trying to do it all by himself and Jethro helpfully points out that there is no way he can do this by himself day in and day out. He will tire himself out because there are simply too many people for him to settle all disputes and keep everyone aware of all of God’s laws. In this passage there are three levels, the literary level which explores the dialogue between Moses and his Father-in-law Jethro, the ideological level which explores the ideas of God’s laws and the power Moses currently possesses, and the communal level which explores why Israel needed judges and the importance of their appointing. This passage is interesting on the literary level because of the dialogue between Moses and Jethro.
This makes us understand the variety of actions and characters in the world. Little kids learn to tell stories through gossip. They reveal their true fascination and enchantments when they gossip about fairies, giants and warriors. The literary work also involves gossip. So as a tool of understanding the role of gossip can never be neglected.