Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
New International Version (NIV)
9 Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
17 So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.
The Jews are in peril, so who can Mordecai turn to? How about his niece, who he raised as a daughter, who happens to be the new queen. Sounds like a plan.
Remember, few people in the Palace realize Esther is a Jew. When Esther receives Mordecai's message, she knows what is at stake. To sweeten the deal- her uncle reminds her that she is not immune from Hamam's wrath.
Esther knew she was limited in what she could say to Xerxes. There were laws about who could talk to him, and if unwanteds tried to get a word in- they would be killed. After Esther reminds Mordecai of this he tells her that God will provide, even if it is not through her. Ouch!
She send word to Mordecai that she will attempt to talk to her husband, but the Jews of Susa need to help by fasting and praying, This is a big job- she will need ALL the help she can get.
1. Why would God put Esther on the throne if she couldn't help?
2. Who is more important to Xerxes- his queen or his second in command?
3. How did Mordecai show wisdom as well as faith?
Prayer- Lord, give us strength to do your work, even when it seems almost impossible. Go-Fight-Win. Amen