This article is part of the ESV.org Reading Plans series.
The book of Esther reads much like a fairy tale: a young Jewish queen, her wise older cousin, an evil royal servant, and a self-centered king. But Esther is no fairy tale. From the beginning of the book to the end, God is the main character of the story—even though he’s never mentioned.
In her Bible Study Esther: The Hidden Hand of God, author Lydia Brownback says:
The Bible—the written revelation of God himself—contains a book that has no mention of God at all. But we’ll see that he really is there in Esther—he’s just hidden. The fact that God isn’t mentioned in this book is actually purposeful, and it points out something vitally important about him and his ways. Most of all, we’re going to see how the book of Esther points us to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Over the course of 10 days, alongside passages from Esther: The Hidden Hand of God, dig deeper into the book of Esther and learn how God is faithful to keep his promises and deliver his people.
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