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Esther 3: Evaluating Advice

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

No one has "any right to counsel others who is not ready to hear and follow the counsel of the Lord." This quote from A. W. Tozer reminds me of the responsibility we have in giving advice to others. It is a serious thing to give counsel, and it is also a serious step to take the counsel of our friends. So often we can give quick advice to one another without truly understanding the situation or without pure motives. Part of godly character is knowing how to evaluate the advice we receive and in turn to offer sound and wise counsel.

Warming Up to God

When in your life have you received good advice and when have you received poor advice?

Read Esther 3

Discovering the Word

  • List all the words and phrases in this chapter which bring to mind tragedy or conflict.
  • What is the conflict between Haman and Mordecai which causes Haman's intense reaction to Mordecai (vv. 2-6)?
  • How does Haman persuade the king to adopt his plan to destroy the Jews (vv. 8-9)?
  • In verses 12-14 the words each, every and all are repeated frequently. What might the author have been trying to communicate in this detailed description of the edict?
  • This chapter gives us even more detail about who King Xerxes was. What do we learn about him?

Applying the Word

  • How might you guard against giving unwise advice?
  • What are some ways you can evaluate the advice you receive from others?

Responding in Prayer

Pray that you will be given wise counselors who will give you godly advice.