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Esther and the Unseen God

May 4, 2007

I have really enjoyed reading Dale Ralph Davis’s book ‘The Word became Fresh.’ It is a book about reading and preaching from OT narrative and in a very warm-hearted way Dr Davis gives us a number of worked examples. It has encouraged me to read familiar passages in a new light and to savour some of the detail.
I particularly enjoyed reading the story of Esther again. It is a Bible book which famously does not mention God. He remains unseen throughout the book. Yet His imprint is everywhere in the book most notably in the many ‘coincidences’ that occur in the book. These include that farcical moment where Haman falls upon the reclining Esther to beg for mercy and the already enraged King assumes he is making a pass at her! Every detail in the story is governed by the unseen God.
It is therefore that great word of encouragement to us that when we cannot see God, which is sometimes our complaint especially in times of difficulty, He is everywhere present governing each and every detail that will bring our salvation and the glory of His name.