Esther 4

Esther 4 is one of my favorite chapters in scripture.  Mordecai learns of Haman’s plan to kill all the Jews, and puts on sackcloth and ashes and hangs out at the city gate.  He can’t go in because no one could enter the city in sackcloth.  The news has spread “and in every province, wherever the king’s command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes”.  The Jews have been mistreated, inprisioned, passed around, and all sorts of things before, but they are going to be wiped out if Haman gets his way.

Esther hears of the plan, and calls for her assistant to go to Mordecai and get the details.  “Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews”.  She went to the best source of truth she knew, which was Mordecai himself, rather than accept the messages that came to her.  “Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people”.

So Esther is between a rock and hard place.  She obviously wants to save Mordecai, and her fellow countrymen, along with herself.  But it wasn’t as easy as Mordecai made it sound.  Going to the king without being summoned would likely mean death.  You just don’t walk in to the kings chambers without being asked, even if you are the queen.  “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law – to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live”.  Esther is rightfully fearful.  She can’t just show up at the king’s throne.

Then Mordecai says some of the most insightful words in all of scripture.  “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this”.  Mordecai reminds her that she is in this place ‘for such a time as this’.  Each of us are in a unique place because God has put us their.  Each of us have specific things God intends us to accomplish as part of His plan.  We are where we are for such a time as this.  We can’t just sit back and watch.  We have to be active in walking as God leads so we can do what God intends.

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