Week 24  Day 7

 

Esther was now in a position

            from which she 

            could influence

            political power 

Another miracle of God at a critical time 

            or to quote Mordecai

            at "such a time as this" 

All that was needed was the cooperation

of this one individual 

            this beautiful young woman

            with access to the king

 

Mordecai was a challenge

            in more ways than one 

            but he did bring out the best in Esther

 

Esther's bravery and moral courage

            made her a hero 

Her predecessor had been deposed

            for insubordination 

Now Esther needed to initiate

a meeting with the king 

            also a form of insubordination

            with potentially severe consequences 

 

First she claimed the prayers of all her people 

            she knew she had a 50-50 chance

            plus the prayers

            and hopefully the blessing of God 

Then she acted 

 

She put the well-being

            of the Jewish people

            above her own instincts

            to survive 

And because she did

her story survives today.

 

 

 

                        QUEEN ESTHER INTERCEDES
          Her bravery and courage matched her beauty.
                                         Esther 4 & 8

 

     1When Mordecai learned what had happened, he tore his

clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the

midst of the city.  He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 

2He went as far as the front of the king's gate clothed with

sackcloth.  3 In every province where the king's decree arrived,

there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting,

weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. 

     4Esther sent garments to clothe Mordecai and take his

sackcloth away, but he would not accept them.  5Then Esther

called Hathach, who attended her, and gave him a command

concerning Mordecai, to learn what and why this was. 

     7Mordecai told him all that had happened, and that he

might command her to go in to the king to make supplication

and plead before him for her people.  9Hathach returned and

told Esther the words of Mordecai.

     10Then Esther spoke to Mordecia through Hathach 11that

for any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the
king,
who has not been called, the king has but one law:  put
all to death,
except the one to whom the king holds out the
golden scepter. 

     13Mordecai told him to answer Esther:  "Do not think in
your heart that you will escape any more than all the other

Jews.  14 If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance
will arise for the Jews from another place, but
you and your
father's house will perish.  Who knows whether
you have come
to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

     15Esther told Hathach to reply to Mordecai:  16"Go,

gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast
for
me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day.  My

maids and I will fast likewise.  So I will go to the king, which
is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"

     3Esther spoke to the king, and implored him with tears

to counteract the evil of Haman against the Jews.  4And the

king held out the golden scepter toward Esther.  So Esther

said, 6"How can I endure the evil that will come to my

people?  Or see the destruction of my countrymen?"

     8So the king's scribes were called, and it was written 

to every people 10in the name of Ahasuerus, and sealed

with the king's signet ring.  17And in every province and

city, wherever the king's decree came, the Jews had joy

and gladness, a feast and a holiday. 
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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