God speaks when his Word is proclaimed. When we sit under the preaching of God’s Word, we are not merely learning new information; we are encountering the living God. We usually work through books of the Bible systematically. Every week, we expound and apply a passage of the Bible to show Christ.
The King’s Power
The Jewish people were a small minority at the hands of the powerful and cruel King Ahasuerus. Though he is formidable, we see that his power is contestable and subsumable into the power of a greater, better or more noble power: God is orchestrating history to preserve his people and bring his true king, Jesus Christ into the world.
Esther: A Preserved People
“Esther” is a story about a marginalised people under the control of a godless king. They are oppressed by their enemies who scheme and threaten them with extinction. The people themselves aren’t blameless: they scheme, sin and have lost their sense of identity as God’s people. Nonetheless, God still works among them to fulfil his promise to preserve them for himself. God’s work culminates in the sending of God’s true King, Jesus Christ. He gathers, preserves and cares for God’s people under his good and kind rule.