Colin Adams starts a new series on the book of Esther. The title of the new series: “A People Preserved” summarises the whole book. In this first chapter we see ‘The Empire Exposed’. The empire in question is the Persian empire. However, it gives us a picture of the vast anti-God empire, spoken of in the Bible as ‘the World’. In the first part of the chapter we see that the empire is powerful and attractive. But, in the later parts we see it as God sees it: resistible and laughable.