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Esther 4: Doing the Right Thing

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Esther.

Laszlo Tokes was a pastor in Timisoara, Romania, during the reign of the communist regime under Ceausescu. He had dedicated his life to bringing about revival in the church in Romania despite opposition and danger. He risked his life to preach the gospel and stand up against the communist government. Because of his courage and integrity he helped the people to win their freedom. We may never face circumstances like those of Laszlo Tokes, but doing what is right means little things: giving back extra change when a cashier makes a mistake or letting the cable company know about the free service that's been coming in. Whether the stakes are large or small, it takes the same character qualities of courage and moral strength to choose what is right.

Warming Up to God

Recall an instance in your life where obeying God's call meant taking a risk or facing a difficulty. How did you feel? What did you pray?

Read Esther 4

Discovering the Word

  • Describe the response of Mordecai and the Jews to Haman's plot (vv. 1-3).
  • Why do you think Mordecai was so confident in his plan to stop the annihilation of the Jews (vv. 6-8)?
  • What is Esther's first reaction to Mordecai's request that she go to the king (vv. 9-11)?
  • How do Mordecai's arguments in verses 12-14 persuade Esther to go to the king?
  • In this chapter how do we see God's sovereignty and people's responses working together?
  • What character qualities does Esther show in her response to Mordecai's second message?

Applying the Word

  • Think of a present context in which God has placed you to do his will. What risks do you face in doing the right thing in this context?
  • What character qualities must you exhibit in order to do the right thing?

Responding in Prayer

Pray that doing the right thing will be more than a slogan for you—that it will be a way of life.

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