COLIN D JONES
The study of the providence of God is both exciting and profitable: it thrills our hearts as we see the wisdom and power of our Heavenly Father; it strengthens our resolve as we marvel at the sufficiency of his grace; and it brings comfort when we do not understand what is happening to us or around us. Esther is all about that marvellous providence. Studying it can deepen our trust, enrich our worship, and intensify our love for our great God. It will reassure us that though we may not always see him, he never looses sight of us. The history of Esther is one of the clearest examples of Paul’s great assertion in Romans 8:28: ‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.’
Colin Jones has been in the ministry since 1971. He became the pastor of Three Bridges Free Church, Crawley, in 1996 after twenty-two years of ministry at Wem Baptist Church, Shropshire. He is a long-serving member of the Council of the FIEC. He and his wife, Chris, have four daughters: Esther, Abigail Tirzah and Miriam.
Colin Jones’ magnificent exposition helps us to understand the text, resolve the complexities, and appreciate the plan of God as it unfolds within the pages of this book. He shows us how the events in Esther’s life are part of God’s plan and how they encourage us to live the Christian life more effectively. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to delve more deeply into this wonderful book God has given to us.
—Simon J Robinson, Senior Minister, Walton Evangelical Church, Chesterfield, England
Very few modern commentaries on the Book of Esther manage to combine a high view of God’s providence and the historicity of the narrative with serious exposition and masses of warm, practical application. This one does.
—Jonathan Stephen, Director, Affinity
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