It was done. Mordy made no bones about it – he wasn’t about to bow to the prime minister, Haman. As a result, an evil plan was put in place to kill not just Mordy, but every Jew around. Sure, Mordy was upset. He tore his clothes and went into mourning. Only Esther could do anything now. She was favored by the king as his Queen. But, approaching the king uninvited could mean death. Mordy sent her the following message:
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 royal position for such a time as this?”
“And who knows…” Ever had that feeling? We know the outcome of this story. We’ve all heard it. But try to put yourself in Mordy & Esther’s place. They really didn’t know. They only knew that if Esther didn’t try, then God could still rescue the Jews, but certainly many would perish.
Who knows? What is the Lord asking you to do? Is there someone you need to share the gospel with in your family? Is there some ministry opportunity or job you are fearful to step out onto in faith? Do we limit God by holding back because of our fears of the unknown?
How would you have responded if you were in Esther’s place? Who’s your king Xerxes? Who’s company have you been placed in “for such a time as this?” What task is it that God might have you in place to carry out, that no other has the opportunity to do?
Stay tuned for a very exciting turn of events in tomorrow’s chapter…