Forged by Fire

Esther: The Final Part

This week’s scripture reading is Esther 4. Last time, we found out about Haman’s evil plan to destroy all of God’s people (Jews). Well, guess what? God had a plan, even before Haman was born.

God always knows everything and He always make a way out of any situation for the people who put their trust in Him. He had a plan to protect the Jews and this is how He used Esther the orphan girl to bring deliverance to His people.

In the passage below Mordecai found out about Haman’s plan and he went into mourning for his people. He put on sackcloth and fasted and prayed.

Esther 4:1-3  ” When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. But he went only as far as the king’s gate because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.”

Sackcloth was worn as a token of mourning by the Israelites. It was also a sign of submission (1 Kings 20:31-32), or of grief and self-humiliation (2 Kings 19:1) and was occasionally worn by the Prophets. It is often associated with ashes (google).

When Esther found out about Hamans’ plan and how Mordecai was dressed she got her servants to take him some clothes and they did. Mordecai refused to change and sent Esther a message that she must go before the King to beg for the lives of her people.

Esther knew that she was putting her life at risk if she went in to see the king without an invitation so she sent the servant back to Mordecai with the message that she did not have an invitation from the king.

Esther 4:11 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.” Wow!

So, there was not a chance for the Jews because of this law. BUT GOD!! We would see these two little words in the bible from time to time and it clearly indicates that when we get to the end of the road and things look dismal or down right hopeless, God steps in and provides a solution, He makes a way where there seems to be no way. He parted the red sea for the Jews to cross over from Egypt on dry ground. He broke down the walls of Jericho for Joshua and the children of Israel to plunder the city. He is God and with Him all things are possible.

 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?”

What a powerful story this is. The Jews are again with their backs against the wall, and there seems to be no way out, but God had a plan. Please join us next week to find out how God specifically instructed Esther as the plan unfolded.

 God bless, Valerie♥

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