• MC: Kings--Esther: God Rules His People

MC: Kings--Esther: God Rules His People

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Do we rule our own lives? Do we follow the idols of our age? This book reminds us that there is only one King of our lives and our world.

1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles tell the stories of kings and prophets. Israel and Judah easily forget that the Lord alone is their King. When they seek other gods, the Lord raises up prophets who speak from God. They invite God’s people to return to him and warn of the consequences if they do not. The spirituality of these books focuses on loyalty to God.

Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of the return of God’s people from exile. God acts through pagan human rulers to return his people to the promised land. These books are therefore books of hope. Although God’s people abandoned him, he did not abandon them. After their time of punishment in exile, the Lord brings them home.

Esther tells the story of a girl who becomes queen after winning a beauty pageant. It has no mention of the Temple, covenant, or even God! With the surrounding books talking so much of the kings of Israel and Judah, Esther is set in a different country, Persia, at the court of a foreign king. Even though the Lord is not mentioned in Esther, the book points to a God who is active behind the scenes. He is the Lord of all nations, and he works his will through his people in surprising ways. Even here, it is the Lord alone who is King.

Gary Holloway is the past Executive Director of the World Convention of Churches of Christ. Before that he taught spiritual formation at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited over thirty books, including several volumes in the Meditative Commentary on the New Testament series. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway.

“By raising questions whose answers can change our lives, Gary Holloway helps us hear behind the ancient stories the voice of God. Thanks to Gary’s labors, we can grow to cherish the gift of Scripture and see it work in our lives.”
—Mark W. Hamilton, Robert and Kay Onstead Professor of Biblical Studies, Abilene Christian University, author of The Transforming Word

ISBN 9781684264377

Pages 144

Dimensions (inches) 6 x 9

Weight (pounds) .5

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