Esther 1:1-9; The Feast of Ahasuerus; The design of recording the story of it is to show how way was made for Esther to the crown, in order to her being instrumental to defeat Haman’s plot, and this long before the plot was laid, that we may observe and admire the foresight and vast reaches of Providence. “Known unto God are all His works”; Every man drank as he pleased; This caution of a heathen prince, even when he would show his generosity, may shame many who are called Christians, who think they do not sufficiently show their good housekeeping, nor bid their friends welcome, unless they make them drunk, under pretence of sending the health round, send the sin round, and death with it; There is a woe to those that do so; let them read it and tremble, [Hab. 2:15, 16]; It is robbing men of their reason, their richest jewel, and making them fools, the greatest wrong that can be. B.C. 519

E S T H E R CHAPTER 1 Several things in this chapter itself are very instructive and of great use; but the design of recording the story of it is to show how way was made for Esther to the crown, in order to her being instrumental to defeat Haman's plot, and this long before the plot was laid, that we may observe and admire the foresight and vast reaches of Providence. "Known unto God are all his works" before-hand. Ahasuerus the king, I. Continue Reading

The Book of Esther: Introduction

Esther: Introduction How the providence of God watched over the Jews that had returned out of captivity to their own land, and what great and kind things were done for them, we read in the two foregoing books; but there were many who staid behind, having not zeal enough for God's house, and the holy land and city, to carry them through the difficulties of a removal thither. These, one would think, should have been excluded the special Continue Reading