Esther 9 OutlineÂ
– The Jews Come Together to Defend Themselves and Kill the Enemies (Esther 9:1-19)
– The Purim Festival (Esther 9:20-23)
– Reason for Celebrating the Purim Festival (Esther 9:24-32)
Esther 9 Summary
On the 13th day of Adar, the Jews gathered together to fight their enemies. In the walled city of Shushan, about 500 people were killed by the Jews. The 10 sons of Haman were also killed during the battler. Then, Esther pleaded King Ahasuerus to let the Jews continued to protect themselves on the 14th of Adar.
Esther also asked the king to hang the body of Haman’s ten sons in the city of Shushan. Another 300 people were killed on the 14th of Adar. About 75,000 enemies were killed by the Jews in the provinces on the 13th of Adar. The Jews did not take anything that belonged to the enemies although King Ahasuerus’ decree allowed them to do so.
On the fourteenth day of Adar, the Jews rested and celebrated their victory with a feast. The Jews celebrated the festival by sending gifts and foods to one another. The Jews in the city of Shushan rested and celebrated the feast on the 15th of Adar. Everything that had happened was recorded down in a book by Mordecai.
Esther 9 Bible Study
1. Be Caring and Generous to People
Mordecai wrote letters to the Jews to instruct them to hold celebration on the 14th and 15th day of Adar in remembrance of how their sorrow was turned to joy. Mordecai instructed the Jews to celebrate the festival by giving food to people. Queen Esther also wrote a letter and instructed the Jews to celebrate the festival for two days including the 14th and 15th day of Adar. She also gave them instruction about fasting and mourning. The festival that the Jews celebrated on the 14th and 15th of Adar is called the Purim Festival. The Purim Festival encourage the Jews to be generous by giving food to each other. When the Jews unite together, they are able to defeat the enemies and gain victory.
2. Giving Thanks to God for Our Blessings
It is important that we give thanks and praise for what God had done for us. The Jews give thanks to God by celebrating the Purim Festival. We should not just thank God when he did a special miracle in our life. In fact, we should give thanks to God every day. Our lives should be a testimony for God. The way you behave will show whether you know God.