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Esther. Unfinished Business. . Esther exemplifies a great servant of God Pure character Depended on God Brave. Esther. Unfinished Business. . Young women can be heroines of faith Devotion to God & His cause Influence those in power Inspire a generation of God’s people. Esther.

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Esther

Unfinished Business

  • Esther exemplifies a great servant of God
    • Pure character
    • Depended on God
    • Brave
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Esther

Unfinished Business

  • Young women can be heroines of faith
    • Devotion to God & His cause
    • Influence those in power
    • Inspire a generation of God’s people
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Irrevocable Laws

Deliverance

Memorial

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Esther

Unfinished Business

Irrevocable Laws

  • Laws of the Persians could not be revoked, Est. 8:5-11
    • Not possible to revoke
      • Required serious contemplation
      • Bad ones not changed
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Irrevocable Laws

  • Laws of the Persians could not be revoked, Est. 8:5-11
    • Contradictory laws, Est. 8:8-12
      • Serious flaw
      • Effectively created a civil war
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Irrevocable Laws

  • God’s laws are perfect, Psa. 19:7; Jas. 1:25
    • Every law is good, Rom. 7:12
    • God has the authority to change,
    • Heb. 7:12-14
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Irrevocable Laws

  • God’s laws are perfect, Psa. 19:7; Jas. 1:25
    • No laws contradict each other
      • Truth agrees with truth, Gal. 1:6-9
      • Harmony among teachers, 2 Pt. 3:16
      • Example: baptism
        • Jesus, Mk. 16:16
        • Peter, Acts 2:38
        • Ananias, Acts 22:16
        • Paul, Col. 2:11, 12
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Deliverance

  • Jews took action for their own deliverance, Est. 9:1-5
    • God worked – Providence
    • Jews put faith to work – fought back
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Deliverance

  • We must act in our deliverance
    • Reconciliation, Eph. 2:1-9
      • God, Acts 19:1
        • Revealed all truth
        • Preserved truth
        • Truth available
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Deliverance

  • We must act in our deliverance
    • Reconciliation, Eph. 2:1-9
      • Man, Acts 19:2-5
        • Hear
        • Believe
        • Apply
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Deliverance

  • We must act in our deliverance
    • Restoration
      • God, 2 Pt. 3:9
        • Patient & longsuffering
        • Opportunity
        • Brethren to help, Gal. 6:1, 2
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Deliverance

  • We must act in our deliverance
    • Restoration
      • Man, Acts 8:18-24
        • Examine ourselves
        • Repent & pray
        • Fruit of repentance
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Memorial

  • The Feast of Purim was instituted, Est. 9:20-28
    • Similar to the Passover, Ex. 12
    • Celebrated to this day
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Esther

Unfinished Business

Memorial

  • We have a memorial of our deliverance:
  • The Lord’s Supper, Mt. 26:26-29
    • Delivered from our adversary, Heb. 2:14, 15
    • Freed from oppression of sin, Heb. 1:1-3
    • Remember Who & what: Jesus & sacrifice