Esther 4

Esther 4 has Mordecai beside himself as he learns of the plot to get rid of him and all the Jews.  He knows the real target is himself for his failure to worship Haman.  So he puts on sackcloth and ashes and mourns the pending doom.  It spread quickly to the others as “there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes.”  Things look pretty bleak, and the people were mourning their future.  Word gets back to Esther in the palace.

She wants to know what is going on.  So “Esther called for Hathach….ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was”.  He heads out to get the full story so he can report back to Esther.  Mordecai gives him the full story.  How Haman offered to pay the king for the destruction of the Jews.  How he had issued a written decree and signed it with the king’s ring and sent it all over the kingdom.  How evil was running rampant through Haman and the future of the Jews was in question.

Hathach takes the information and returns to Esther.  He tells here everything along with Mordecai’s request that she “go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people”.  Sounds pretty logical, until you realize that it was not acceptable for anyone to enter the king’s presence without being summoned.  You don’t just walk in and talk with the king, even if you are the queen.  How big a deal can it be?  Only death – that was the penalty for going inside the inner court without being called.  So the request is not just big, it is life or death.

Then come the words that make Esther famous.  Mordecai asks “Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  She has a tough decision to make.  Is this God’s time for her to shine?  Is this why she is now the queen?  Esther sends Hathach back to Mordecai asking him to have the people fast and pray.  And she makes the resolve “I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish”.  She knows there is no one else who can do this job.  It is hers alone, and she steps up and says yes to God!

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