This summer the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman hit the movie theaters.
Super Hero movies are exciting, but there’s a story of a woman named Esther in the Old Testament that’ll make you believe she was the original Wonder Woman. She didn’t have any super hero powers, but she rose up at just the right time to save an entire race of people.
Her story is grounded in faith, and what’s amazing is that nowhere in the book is God’s name mentioned. There’s no evidence of Him in worship. No sign of Him through a miracle. No prophet proclaiming His message. However, God’s plan is discovered throughout the pages of the story, reminding us that God’s unseen hand is powerful in the lives of those who love and trust to Him.
If you’ve never read Esther, you’ll be surprised at how compelling it is and how much you learn about courage, and trusting in the invisible providence of God.
One of the first things we notice in Chapter 1 of Esther on the part of King Xerxes of Susa is power, decadence and indecency. The story opens with grand parties and parades intended to display the wealth and majesty of the king. Then, something happens that’s notable in verses 10-12. The king demands his royal bride come and display her beauty before his drunken guests. Shockingly the queen refuses to be objectified and sexualized before his rowdy group of partiers. Because Queen Vashti refused, the king was demoralized. So, with the consultation of his advisors, he deposes the Queen. We can’t miss this moment to talk about the demanding and demeaning ways of the king that existed then, but also still exists today. This Sunday we’ll talk about a hard subject, but be encouraged by the value God places on all people!