The events in the book of Esther cover a period of approximately twelve years in Jewish history during the middle of the fifth century BC. it gives us the historic setting for the Feast of Purim. We don’t know who wrote it, but a likely candidate would be Mordecai, one of the central characters in the book. During this time, permission had been granted for the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem under the leadership of Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah, to rebuild the temple and walls of Jerusalem. sadly, less than 60,000 people returned. The rest of the children of Israel were content to stay in the land of their captivity, in Babylon and Persia. The story of Esther gives us some insight into what was happening among those Jews who refused to return to Jerusalem. In this story we see how close the Jewish people were to getting completely wiped out and how God miraculously used Esther, this young Jewish woman, to save them from destruction. And although God isn’t mentioned, He is seen working behind the scenes in so many different ways protecting and providing for His people. This is a great story of God’s sovereignty and providence. The purposes of God are fascinating. He is always at work, preparing for the future. Our problem is that we don’t know what the future holds; and thus, we don’t understand what God is doing. sometimes we see our immediate situation and make accusations against God, thinking He doesn’t care. But when the story is over, we always see that God is faithful. The story of Esther is a great reminder of this truth, and a graphic illustration that God always takes care of His people.