Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 26-SEP-2021 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 18 – The sermon discusses the historical background and other details of the book of Esther, a dramatic tale set around 460 BC in the court of Xerxes I of Persia. The story has no mention of the name of God; the atmosphere is one of political intrigue; and the action revolves around the whims of a despot. The heroine is the beautiful Queen Esther, who hides the fact that she is Jewish; the hero is Mordecai, her Jewish uncle and guardian and a member of the royal court; and the villain is the wicked Haman, also of the royal court. There is little charity and no mercy in the story. When the Jewish exiles in Persia are threatened with genocide, Queen Esther skilfully persuades the king to allow the Jews instead to perform genocide on their Persian captors. Seen from a Jewish point of view, it is the story of a victory which is still being celebrated annually with parties, fancy-dress parades and the works; but seen through another lens, it raises concerns about retaliation, injustice and genocide. It is so incogruent with the Christian scriptures, so different from Jesus' ministry of love, justice and peace. Sandy concludes her sermon with a prayerful reflection on the wrongs and sorrows that beset the world, and how to address them.
Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10; 9: 20-22

Playing Time   –   19:40