Esther in Such a Time as This

Handwritten page from the book of Esther chapter 4 verses 1 through 16.
Esther 4:1-16

Synopsis     Esther 4:1-14     11/17/2020 

Haman sent his order to all the provinces of Persia with the king’s seal. It was a death sentence for all Israelites.

Upon learning of the order, Mordecai was overwhelmed with sadness. So, he put on sackcloth and ashes. And he lamented this tribulation given to the Jews. 

After a while, he went to the palace. Once there, he informed Esther what had happened. She attempted to console him. But he would not be consoled. Instead, he wanted her to speak to the king.  

Mordecai’s request put Esther in a predicament. Even as queen, she was not authorized to simply approach the king in his inner court without being summoned. And she had not even seen the king in a month. So, for her to approach him without being summoned was likely to bring the death penalty.  

Although Esther felt frightened, Mordecai challenged her to overcome her anxiety. To this end, he reminded her that she wouldn’t be spared from the genocide. And so, Esther made the decision to approach the king. In order to prepare, she asked for all Jews in the region to fast and pray with her for three days. 

Esther in Such a Time as This 

“…Perhaps it was for a time like this that you became queen.”  

Despite her reluctance, Mordecai told Esther that the reason she had become queen was to save her people. And so, she entered into her essential purpose. 

 Such a Time as This 

You and I were created to love. We were made in order to love God and create value for other people. And we were called to love in the moment. We never need look further than the people who are standing right in front of us – whoever they may be.  

For he says: “’In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.’ Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2Cor 6:2 

November 17, 2020

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