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Week 24 Day 7
Esther was now in a position
from which she
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
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
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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