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Esther 6: Recognizing Unrighteousness

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

When I take an honest look at myself, I see many ugly spots that mar my character. One of the ugliest traits is my desire to make myself look better than others. This ungodly character trait seeps into my relationships and damages intimacy. For each of us there are things about our character which are displeasing to God; perhaps it is pride or arrogance, selfish ambition or manipulation. Because we let those things grow in our lives rather than allowing God to remove them, we experience various consequences of our unrighteousness.

Warming Up to God

What is one aspect of your character you would like to be more Christlike? Take time to talk openly with God about how you want to change.

Read Esther 6

Discovering the Word

  • How does the king respond to discovering Mordecai's role in thwarting the assassination plot (vv. 2-6)?
  • Where do you see irony in King Xerxes' and Haman's actions on this particular night (vv. 1-6 and 5:14)?
  • What else can we discern about Haman's character through his response to the king's question in verses 7-9?
  • Haman sought comfort from his wife and friends after his ride through the city with Mordecai, but he receives a very different response. How do his wife and advisors interpret the situation and react to Haman (vv. 12-14)? Why?
  • How has the ungodliness in Haman's character led to his humiliation?

Applying the Word

  • Think back to the characteristic in your life which is not always Christlike. What might be (or have been) some negative consequences of this trait?
  • What is one thing that you can do this week, with God's help, to reform your character?

Responding in Prayer

Offer your praise to Jesus Christ for what you have learned about yourself through this study. Ask him for the help you need to become more like him.

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