We have just finished reading the books of Ezra and Nehemiah and we are beginning the book of Esther.
Did you know this?
Between chapters 6 and 7 of Ezra, three great world battles (Salamis, Thermopylae and Marathon were fought: and two great world leaders (Confucius and Buddha) died! Time elapsed: fifty eight years!
In the Old Testament, Esther (which takes place in previously named period) follows Nehemiah; in history, the events of Esther occur thirty years BEFORE Nehemiah!
The purposes of God are sometimes delayed; but never abandoned!