Oh for goodness’ sake. If I can’t even keep up with this blog by posting stuff I’ve already written, there may be no help for me. Here are the rest of the readings and associated thoughts and questions to conclude Part One of When God Is Invisible.
7th Reading – Esther 5
What do you think of the way Esther goes about fulfilling Mordecai’s instruction? What is she doing? Why doesn’t she just get to the point? Also—current reactions to Haman? Do we know people like this guy?
8th Reading – Esther 6
This has got to be one of the best ever examples of the literary device, “dramatic irony.” (This is when the reader knows information that the characters don’t, which makes what the character is doing even more significant–or ironic–than the character understands.)
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We started this study with the observation that God is never mentioned in this story, and so far the only even oblique reference is when Esther asks her people to fast and pray for her. Would you say that God is evident in this story anyway? Why or why not–or in what way?
9th Reading – Esther 7
And here we have the literary device, “poetic justice.” (That’s when a character gets precisely what they deserve.) Are there any loose ends?
10th Reading – Esther 8-10
This is a big chunk wrapping the story up.
How do you feel about this ending to the story?
How do you feel about the story as a whole?
How does it make the main characters look at the end?
Assuming God was involved in it in any way, how does it make GOD look?
Are any of these insights into the story transferrable to your life right now?