Hathach came back and related Mordecai’s words to Esther. Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai: “All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.”
So Hathach gave Esther’s message to Mordecai. Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.”
So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.
Esther 4:9-17 NLT
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Esther is one of my favorite books of the bible. I love the story line and how it reads like a romance novel. In this chapter of the book, there has been an evil plan that will end in the Jews losing their lives. Mordecai is Esther’s uncle and he has begged her to save them by going to the king and telling him of the plan. However Esther knows that if she dares go before the king, without being summoned, she is likely to be killed. Big risk!
Can you imagine not being able to go to your husband that you have grown to love dearly unless he calls you? And, in this passage, the king hasn’t summoned her in about 30 days. She is a little afraid, really. (Wouldn’t you be?) She sends a message back to Mordecai saying that it’s too dangerous. After hearing his reply and thinking more about it, she comes to the conclusion that either way she could die…so why not choose the role of hero. She also knows that her God is bigger than all of this and she would rather trust Him and obey what she feels He would ask of her.
We all have fears and anxiety. If we let them, they can consume us and actually keep us from the calling that God has placed on our lives. And what if we, like Esther, are called to do something big, too. For this season, in this time, you could be changing lives for the kingdom. Saving people simply by sharing the good news of Jesus! And if there is any question in your mind about “if” you are called to tell all who will listen, then, may you be reminded that Jesus calls everyone to go into the world and tell of Him. This decision to follow Him is life.
And then He told them,
“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
So today, I pray that God will show us those who need to hear the hope of Him. And that He will give us all the courage to step out and share all that He has done for us. I celebrate with you today that we have Him as our Father!
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Let us pray: Dear God, we thank You for giving us the opportunity to live in a free country where speaking Your name is not met with punishment but well received. Thank You for continuing to bless us and for the free gift of grace that is free. We don’t deserve it; yet You forgive our every sin. Lord, today, I pray that You will reveal to each one of us those around us who need to hear Your name and the hope that we have in You. Give us the wisdom and the courage to share this good news so that when You do come back to get us, Lord, we will all be ready! We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.