Songs from Esther
This is the seventeenth entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.
Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.
For how many chapters in Esther can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes? (I’ve added chapter summaries.)
- Chapter 1: Queen Vashti refuses to appear before King Ahasuerus
- Chapter 2: King Ahasuerus puts out proclamations for a new queen; Esther is purified and made queen
- Chapter 3: Haman is promoted; Mordecai does not bow; Haman seeks to destroy Jews
- Chapter 4: Jews lament; Mordecai charges Esther to intercede
- Chapter 4:14: For Such a Time as This (Imperials) (allusion using phrase)
- Chapter 4:14: For Such a Time as This (LordSong) (allusion using phrase)
- Chapter 5: Esther’s first banquet; Haman plots to kill Mordecai
- Chapter 6: King decides to honor Mordecai; Haman humiliated
- Chapter 7: Esther’s second banquet; Haman is hanged
- Chapter 8: Mordecai is given Haman’s house; the King relents and spares Jews
- Chapter 9: Jews’ victories on day of destruction; feast of Purim
- Chapter 10: Fame of Mordecai
What others come to mind?