L8 “The Royal Esther”

“FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS”

Key Verse:

“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

(Esther 4:14b)

Full Verse:

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  

(Esther 4:14)

Happy Purim!  This is the season to celebrate Purim.   Purim is a Jewish feast that is mentioned in the Book of Esther in the Bible.    This holiday celebrates the victory the LORD gave to His people, the Jewish people, over their enemies.

The evil leader Haman wanted to kill all of God’s people in the country of Persia.   But HalleluYAH! Almighty God was not going to allow that to happen!   One of God’s people, unknown to Haman, was a queen whom the king loved very much!   This queen’s name was Hadassah (Esther 2:7), but she is more known by her Persian name Esther which means “star”.

Esther may be the “star” of this story, but God and God’s law of love is behind every good deed in it!  Esther was an orphan and had been raised by her older cousin Mordecai, a very Godly man.

When Mordecai learned of Haman’s bad law that had been decreed to kill God’s people, he and other Jews prayed.  When bad laws are made, we should pray for them to be cancelled.    We should also act to change bad laws, laws that cause harm to good people.

So Mordecai asked Esther to go to the king and to ask for help for the Jews.   Esther, although much loved by the king, was afraid, because one just didn’t walk into the king’s throne room without a proper invitation.   She  was afraid to go before the king because there was another law that said that anyone who came into the king’s inner court without being called there could be put to death!  Oh my!  See what happens when people who don’t know God’s laws start making laws!   They make bad, unfair laws!

Esther would be breaking Persian law if she went to the king and the penalty could be death!  Now, Esther didn’t want to break a law.  God wants us to be obedient.  But God’s Kingdom laws are always higher than man’s laws.   God’s laws are always right and good.  God’s supreme law is love.  What would love do in this case before Esther?  The king could do something to help the Jewish people and Esther needed to ask him to help.   Would Esther act in love and risk her own life to save the lives of many of God’s people?  She didn’t know what to do!  What would you do?

Thank God for her encouraging cousin!  Mordecai then spoke to  Esther the words of our memory verse:

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Mordecai had faith in our faithful God that He could use someone or something else to help His people.   But God wanted to use Esther!   By God’s design, Esther was in a place where she could help!   But was Esther willing to  risk her own life to save the lives of many of God’s people?

Esther decided to do the right thing.   The right thing, in this case, was to disregard man’s law that she couldn’t go into the king in order to obey God’s Kingdom law of love.  “We must obey God rather than men.”  (Acts 5:29)  She said, “If I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)   She decide to risk her life to save others from this unjust, terrible law that called for all the Jews to be killed.  Jesus taught us, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13)

What would happen to Queen Esther?   What would happen to God’s people?   We will find out next week!

In the meantime, we could ask ourselves the same question that Mordecai asked Esther:

“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

God has a purpose for you being where you are, too.  He wants you to help others.   One time I was sick, but not too sick.  I went to the doctor’s which is something I rarely need to do.  But there I was on this very day and at the very same time coming into the doctor’s office was a young girl who was crying hysterically.   She started clinging to me and wouldn’t let me go.  She actually thought I was her mother!  I began praying for her and comforting her and calming her down.   She needed help at that time and God had put me there to help her!   I love to be God’s hands to help others in their time of need!   If you tell the Lord that you are willing for Him to use you to help others, He WILL use you, just as He used me to help that young girl and just as He used Esther!  

Do you want God to use you?  Say to the LORD, “Here am I!  Send me!”  (Isa 6:8) You’re never too little to be used of God!  And may we never do evil such as was planned by Haman!

PSALM 141:4

Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

PART TWO HERE

 

 

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