Abide Together: Reflections on Esther 4
In Esther 4, Mordecai and Esther learn of Haman’s plot to kill all the Jews. Mordecai sent would to Esther to have her go to the king and plead for her people, the Jews. Esther sent to Mordecai and told him the danger of approaching the king when uninvited. Mordecai sent word back to her and said, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any ore than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such as a time as this?” Esther then replied for Mordecai to ask all the Jews to pray for her as she approaches the king to plead for her people. She said, “if I perish, I perish.” She came to understand that this was what God was calling her to do and she did it. Mordecai was a great example to Esther in trusting the LORD, as he refused to bow to Haman with the real possibility of being executed. Esther followed his example and trusted the Lord in the face of death. Indeed, the answer to Mordecai’s question of Esther attaining royalty was for this very time. Her actions would be used by God to protect His people and the promise of the coming Messiah. Lord, help me trust You and stand for Your truth regardless of the cost to me.
– Bryan McKenzie
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