Monday, January 27, 2014

For Such a Time as This....

Esther had no idea about the edict that had been made.  She didn't know the lives of her people were at risk.  But the Jews in the city knew it, because it was posted for all to see:  On the 13th day of the 12 month all the Jews were to be killed! 

When Esther's maids told her that her Uncle Mordecai was sitting at the King's gate in sac cloth and ashes, she immediately sent him a clean set of clothes!  But, Mordecai would not take them.  Esther sent a servant to find out what was going on.  Why was her Uncle so upset, and why would he not be comforted? 

Esther was shocked at the news!  Mordecai sent Esther a copy of the decree that Haman had made, and he told her that she needed to go to the king and beg for their lives.  (4:8)

Esther again sent Hatach, the servant back to her uncle with another message.  She reminded him that she wasn't allowed to go to the King without being called. She could be killed for such an offense!  And, beside that the King had not called for her in a whole month!

In the end, it was decided that Esther, her maidens, Mordecai, and all the Jews that were in Shushan would fast and pray for 3 days and 3 nights.  At the end of that time, Esther would go before the king against the law and, in her own words, "if I perish, I perish".  (4:16)

 At the end of the 3 days, Esther cleaned herself up and put on her royal apparel and went to see the king.  When the King saw her, he held out his golden scepter.  God had answered the first part of their prayers!  Esther was able to see the King!!
 
King Ahasuerus asked Esther what she wanted and offered to give her anything - up to half of the kingdom.  Esther knew her husband well.  She understood how much he loved parties and feasts.  She had planned a banquet for him and Haman - if there was any way they could make it that night?  She knew he'd be hooked!  That was an easy request to fill, and it was something he loved to do!  Of course he'd go to her banquet! 

That night after the banquet, King Ahasuerus again asked Esther what her request was, and again he offered her up to half of his kingdom.  She responded by inviting him and Haman to another banquet that she was preparing for the following night.  She would make her request then. (5:1-8)
 
Haman was delighted!  He went home that night and gloated about how important he'd become.  He was very proud of himself for moving up in the world as he had.  Not only was he the King's right hand man, but now he was invited to a second banquet the Queen was throwing for just the three of them! 


Life Applications: 

Have faith in God.  Esther had faith that God would take care of her, and if He didn't, she was fine with that too.  She did what was right and trusted God to care for the rest.  (4:16)

I've always wondered if Esther had planned to have two banquets from the very beginning, or if she "chickened out" and decided to put off asking the request till the next night?  Maybe the only reason I wonder that, is because that's something I would do. <PANIC!!>  :) Whatever the case, God was in the details and He worked it all out perfectly for her!  That night, between banquets would be a sleepless one for the King.  God was definitely in the detail in Esther's life, just as He is in ours.  We may not always see what He's doing and how He's working in the back ground, but He is there and He is working everything out for our good!  I'm thinking that night was probably a long one for Esther, too.  I wonder if she knew God was keeping her husband awake that night, preparing his heart as well..!?!

Just as Esther was born to become Queen of Persia and help save her people, so you and I were born "for such a time as this..."  Perhaps, your job in life is to train up a preacher that will reach his generation?  Perhaps your job is to support your husband, or win a soul....  What is God asking YOU to do at "such a time as this...."?

I do hope you will join me as I study the life of "Esther - Queen of Persia"!  I hope to delve in and discover as much as I can about her life and put myself in her shoes...or sandals??  Feel free to leave your thoughts on her life and story in the comments section below! 

In case you missed a previous posts in this series:  

Introduction: Esther, Queen of Persia 
Ahasuerus - The Party Kind of King
A Queen is Chosen!
Haman, the Evil


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