Esther Chapter 4

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Esther 4:1-17 ¶ When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not. ¶ Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king’s chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was. So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king’s gate. And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them. Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people. And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai. Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days. And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

32 thoughts on “Esther Chapter 4

  1. For Such A Time As This

    It took one man disgusted with the carnal quo to stand up against pagan rituals of bowing to an unholy man of carnal socially high status. He was threw with hiding from the enemy, after the lives of ‘all’ the Jews had been threatened, he proceeded to behave as a Jew in mourning, and wailing loudly and bitterly along with every province in which the edict and order of the king came and followed his lead out into the city, to be heard by an Almighty God, who changes things. In vs 8 Mordecai begs Esther to intervene in stoping this pronounced Jew extremination. At the same time he seems to understand that regardless of what Esther does, he trusts that God will be faithful, and will not let his people be totally distroyed. Although this book never mentions God by name, Mordecai’s statement in this passage points to a Sovereign God who is at work in dreadful circumstances. Esther is challenged with a position necessary for her to excersise her developing courage. She cannot hide her identity; she cannot count on the king’s favor; and she cannot ignore an evil man at work in the kingdom. Esther’s requests that the Jews fast for three days is an admission that she needs more than her aquiured courage to do her duty, she needs God. Prayer usually acompanies fasting in the OT (Ezr 8:21-23) . Therefore, by her request, Esther acknowledges her need for others to pray for and with her. Intercessory prayer is so important and powerful, in times of dyer need and breakthrough it exibits our desperation and trust in God to solve our tough problems. She has been placed in the kings house as queen, a position “for a time such as this” to be used by God to save the Jews. It is vs 13-14 that are the most sobering of responses “..Do not think that because you are in the kings house that 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.” Mordecai is not speaking out to threaten Esther but to warn her of what will happen if she is disobedient, God gives us free will, and she alone can decide wether she will become Gods vessel of deliverance or not. God has used a donkey, wizard (Balaam), and Egyptian king (Necho) before so he is no stranger to raising up the most unlikely of individuals to speak for Him, be used as His mouthpeice and vessel for action. But her response is overcoming obstacles, prophesying that when this fast is over, that she will go to the king, even though it is against the law. “And if I perish, I perish” vs16, showing that she vows to heed Mordecia’s plea, to save a nation of God’s children.

  2. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

    We can’t let fear keep us from our purpose. I was teaching the other day about Johnny Chapman better known as “Johnny Appleseed”. His small act of kindness, sharing appleseeds to the frontier people, gave him a place in history. If a man can make a difference sharing appleseeds, how much more can the church influence the world with the word of God? When it’s our turn to speak for Christ we can not hold our peace because “who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? “

  3. Obedience, Submission, & Respect

    Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

    Esther although married and wearing the crown of a queen, still submits to her uncle still is obedience to her father figure. She knows what needs to be done, she knows her life is in danger, still she obeys with only one request; go fast & pray. That is how it should be done if we are going to seek the KING we should fast & pray.

  4. Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

    If i perish i perish. Death was a possibility at both ends of esthers choices. To sit by and do nothing and die with her people or take a chance and go before the king and possibly die. The law of showing up before the king uninvited was well known throughout the land, enough that the fear of it caused esther to try and get out of it. Thankfully mordecai was able to show her that both options could end the same way. Its the fear of death that keeps many people from leaving their comfort zone or doing the will of God. We as Christians need to develop this mindset, if i perish i perish. Better to die doing the will of God than to sit by the wayside and die anyway. We are all appointed to death so it is a fear we need to overcome. Just like the lepers who decided to go into the enemies camp knowing they could be killed just going in or die sitting there, esthers actions saved her people. We need to put our faith in action and know that we have a God who can save us but if He chooses not to we still will do what is right just like the three Hebrew boys who refused to worship the statue.

  5. ILove to eat breakfast with the King.

    We Are in the Kingdom For Such a Time as This

    For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14 KJV)

    This scripture reveals to us that we are not where we are today by chance. God has put each of us in a strategic location in order to accomplish a great work!

  6. God put esther in the kings house for a reason this reason the save the people. Where has God put us so that we my save some people for Him?

  7. This chapter illustrates selflessness. Esther after hearing what was to take place determined in her mind to not only be brave, but also selfless for the fate of all. There will come a day when one will have to determine what one is committed too, as such one’s decision will determine if one is selfless or selfish. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  8. Easy Access

    Wow, could you imagine what our relationship with Jesus would be if we could not approach Him? The king did not receive uninvited guests. In fact, if you just showed up, uninvited, you would be killed… WOW. Thank you, Jesus, for being a gracious King. Lord, I pray I never take your hospitality for granted again.

    Can you imagine if we could not openly pray whenever we felt the need or during circumstances?

  9. V.16 Go gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat or drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.
    Prayer and fasting as a body changes your situation, it changes your will, your attitude, and your sight. Prayer and fasting builds your faith, and your Trust in God and His word. Prayer and fasting humbles you, it allows you to put your fleshly desires aside, and allows you to seek the will of your heavenly Father.

  10. Could you imagine what the church would be like if we prayed and fasted just to have a relationship with our heavenly father instead of when we just wanted or needed something. It’s not about us it is about winning souls for the kingdom.

  11. v3 And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

    It seems like people always respond to disasters . No one forces them they come voluntary to help. Suffering brings people together .
    We as His church must continue to come together and respond to a lost and dying world and continue to be a caring church for hurting people continue to pray and fast.
    GOD IS WORKING and we must continue to do what we can do.
    If one person can make a difference, one act of kindness can make a difference. Imagine when we come in unity and stand in the gap.
    v16″ And so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
    One person can make a difference . We must be willing to do what right regardless .

    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  12. 4:12:16 The themes of the book of Esther are most clearly expressed in this message. Mordecai’s confidence for the Jews deliverance is based on God’s sovereignty in working out His purposes and fullfilling His promises. Their deliverance will come, even if through some means other than Esther.Yet that sovereignty is not fatalistic : Unless Esther exercises her individual responsibility , she and her family will perish.

  13. Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise

    Prayer and fasting works!

  14. In this scripture, it is apparent that there was a proper order of things, and sometimes you have to break the ordinary way of doing things, “that’s called Faith”. She knew the risks, and she took it anyway. Who said, that women can’t make a differance. She had everything, she could ever dream of but knew the cost, and it took great courage to go against the grain “sorta speak”. But, she realized the importance, and had faith, made a stand for her people. “She saved her people, as you will see in the next scripture.”

    ***Another Note*** is with the new covenant, we can appoach our King without worries of analyzation. Thank God, through the Blood of Jesus, we can approach his throne anytime, the veil has been torn.

    But, don’t think you can’t or don’t make a differance, big or small, you stick with Jesus Christ and he will work it all to his Glory.

    “Be Church”….iwork…igive…ipray…ireap………….

  15. To think that if the king would not raise his septure that you would die. Ester asked for her people to pray and fast for her. Now the question came to mind what would have happened if they didn’t? Would she find grace in the kings sight or would she be put to death. So many times I wonder if we dont do the same thing. When we ask for things, is the reason why we don’t get them not so much that God says no, but that He wants us to pray and fast for them. Many times ,when I wanted a special toy as a child, my parents required that I do a special chore or something ofthe nature. Why would God be any less? God wants us to be as a child, that if we want something special, God just might require us to do something.

  16. and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

    This is one of the most powerful prophetic words uttered in the Bible. It applies to every person, to every generation, to every church. For Such a Time as this.

    When has the world ever needed God more?
    When has society ever needed God more?
    When has the need for the church to rise up ever been more necessary?

    If not us then who? God will raise up an Army for this time. The question is, will we be part of it.

  17. Wil we be as fearless as Ester when our time comes? What will we do when the time is at hand to stand up for what is right or run and hide for fear of what will com of us. If we will stand and fear not then the Lord will bless us.

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

    We are called to such a time as this.

    Our city hangs in the balance. Are we going to sit and wait to see whats going to happen or go out and give it all we have to recue them.

    I am calling for all that God has called to GO!

    Let us GO to the streets, not in fear, but in Love for our neighbor. Let all exuses be put away and get out there and compel them to come in.

    Can I get some fearless people Saturday to do what needs to be done, lay down all that holds you back and GO do the work of the Lord?

  18. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

    For such a time as this…
    Ester was called and destined to be in the kingdom for such a time as that. She had a specific purpose as to were she was and why she was there. We as people of God should understand that God has us in the kingdom for such a time as this to be a witness and a light to this dying world. Its our responsibility to let our light shine and be used however God wants to use us.

  19. Mordecai said the words “for such a time as this”

    Esther was facing the most challenging of circumstances. Her silence would prove her death, and the loss of God’s people. However, if she spoke she risked losing her position, and possibly her own mortality.

    God places us in situations that seem hopeless, and without cure. Sometimes we may be the only ones who perceive the light glimmering at the end of the tunnel.

    This chapter challenges me to look beyond my situation and into the plans of the loving Father. He only understands and knows why we face what we do.

    Our trust in him will show itself fruitful when all is done.

  20. This chapter spoke to me about standing firm in what we believe. Esther could have said “No way, I’ll take my chances as Queen and keep quiet”; but, instead she “listened and understood” the words that came from Mordecai. Sometimes we need to “really hear” from the Leaders that God has placed in our lives. They can instruct and guide you to the place where God intends for you to be. We may feel a bit uncomfortable or even unsure; but, like Esther confront it with fasting and the Lord will show you the way.

  21. Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

    One of the greatest declarations of the Bible can be found in the book Esther. It is one that continues to every generation.

  22. Fasting for her people was what was required. you know I had someone tell me that they wondered if they could just eat to hear God. This is a very good place to take them in the scriptures to say “no!”

    Also her uncle refused to take the clothing because he wanted to remain in mourning. This is another great example of what we should and should not do. He refused to come out of mourning because the grief was so great. Sometimes it is alright not to grieve for long periods, but in this case it would have been an entire people that would have been lost if he didn’t mourn.

  23. Esther 4:17 NLT

    So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

    To be a great Leader we must first become a great follower. Esther followed Mordecai commands by not saying that she was a Jew. This built trust, respect and unity between them. And now it was her time to rise up and lead the Jews to victory. I feel Mordecai first trusted in God and also in Esther because of her ability to follow his lead.

  24. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. (Esther 4:13-16 KJV)

    This is “such a time as this,” crying out for a people come for a time such as this.

    So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not. (Esther 4:4 KJV)

    We are not called to mask the issues and numb the passion and grievance that God’s Spirit stirs in us concerning wrongs around us, we are called to respond. Responding in prayer, fasting, putting our trust in God, being His hands and feet, etc…

    Too often we push aside the discomfort of noticing the time we are called to without actually doing anything about it. If we are allowed to see it, it’s probably for a reason. God trusts us to respond in the way pleasing to Him when we see a need, but we must know Him to know about how to respond, be sensitive to allow Him to guide us, and be full of faith and the Holy Ghost to live the life of proper response and be Jesus to this world.

  25. It is good that Esther had an uncle who was willing to pay the price to intercede for her people. He rent his clothes, fasted and prayed. This was a great example to her because of the price she too would pay to interceded for people.

    Thank God there are people willing to intercede so that others will be saved.

  26. Mordecai handled this situation in a wise way. He could have handled this all out ordered and it would have turned out very bad. As children of God, we must be wise in all we do. This is why it is very important to ask God for direction. If God is not directing you, then you must stop and ask yourself who is.

  27. “fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

    There is power in unity. When we get truely united there will be a revival like the world has yet to see. When we all truely share Pastor’s vision for the reigion, we will have the hunger for revival so strong we will be willing to risk everything for it.

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