The Bigger Picture


The Bigger Picture

April 11, 2021

Ed Traverse

Seeing the bigger picture.




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Sometimes it feels like everything is out of control

Esther 1:1-3
Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces,  2  in those days when King
Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne in Susa, the citadel,  3  in the third year of his reign he gave a feast for all his officials and servants. The army of
Persia and Media and the nobles and governors of the provinces were before him,

Life isn’t as random as it seems

Esther 1:10-12
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and
Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus,  11  to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her
royal crown, [a]  in order to show the peoples and the princes her beauty, for she was lovely to look at.  12  But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's
command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him.

God has a way of working everything out

Esther 2:1-4
After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had
been decreed against her.  2  Then the king's young men who attended him said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king.  3  And let the
king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in Susa the citadel, under custody
of Hegai, the king's eunuch, who is in charge of the women. Let their cosmetics be given them.  4  And let the young woman who pleases the king [a]  be
queen instead of Vashti.” This pleased the king, and he did so.