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Where is God?

WhereisGodThe book of Esther is unique. There is something different… unexpected… unique about Esther when compared to all the other books of the Bible: the name of God is never mentioned!

That should lead us to ask a question: Where is God in Esther?

Where is God?

  • Esther is the only book of the Bible that never mentions God
  • In fact, the people don’t even seem particularly “religious”
  • No one prays, no one reads their Bibles, no one goes to temple or sings worship songs
  • God is, seemingly, absent from the story

There is a difference between the presence of absence and the absence of presence – Pastor David Strain at FPC Jackson

Did you hear that? What an important distinction. You may observe what is there… or not observe what is there. Just because Esther never tells us about God explicitly, doesn’t mean he isn’t present. The story of Esther is the story of God’s providential control of all things, even when he seem to be missing in action.

With that, let us establish a theme for the book of Esther

The Theme of Esther

The book of Esther teaches God’s people that even when God’s face is unseen and his name is not mentioned, his sovereign hand is still at work protecting his people.

What are God’s works of providence?
God’s works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preservation and control of all his creatures, and all their actions (WSC 11).

Esther is, in short, the story of God’s providence. There are no miracles and no divine intervention. There is, simply, a faithful God ordaining all the ordinary, mundane details in just such a way as to protect and preserve his people.


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