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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Esther 4:1-8

Relax, Read and Reflect

Prayer- Lord, open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen

Esther 4

Mordecai Persuades Esther to Help

1 When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2 But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. 3 In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

4 When Esther’s eunuchs and female attendants came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. 5 Then Esther summoned Hathak, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.

6 So Hathak went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. 7 Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. 8 He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told him to instruct her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.

  Brief re-cap (yes, I have on underwear.) Hamam, a sworn enemy of Jews everywhere is second in command in Persia. Mordecai will not bow down to a man, so Hamam convinces the king that all Jews need to be exterminated because of this habit they have of non- compliance. In a year, ALL Jews will be whacked, (and Hamam gets all their goods.)
  Mordecai is stressed. He puts on sackcloth, (traditional mourning wear,) and throws ashes on him. Since he could not come into the palace to visit dressed that, Esther sent some clothes out for him to wear.
  It wasn't the lack of threads that had Mordecai stressed, it was his, (and Esther's) impending destruction that had him worried. He sent word back to Esther through a servant to explain exactly what was happening.

1. Why were all the Jews in mourning instead of preparing?
2. Why wouldn't Mordecai come into the palace?
3. Is Esther in danger?

Prayer- Lord, help us remember who is ALWAYS in control, and help us live our lives accordingly. Go-Fight-Win. Amen


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