WEEK 40— BROUGHT INTO THE KINGDOM FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity,
you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.”
The book of Esther tells of how the Jewish people came close to being destroyed had it not been for a Jewish woman named Esther who became queen of Persia and risked her life to save her people. She and her uncle Mordecai lived in the land of Persia, where the Jews where in exile. A wicked man named Haman, who was one of the king’s advisers, plotted to have all the Jews killed. When Mordecai found out about it, he went to Esther and pleaded with her to intervene. After asking the Jewish people to fast for and with her, Esther risked her life and approached the king about the matter. The king heard her plea and the Jewish people were saved. Haman, however, was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Esther’ s uncle. What an awesome deliverer God is!
Esther 4:16–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.
1 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; 2 And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 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. 4 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. 5 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. 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king’s gate. 7 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. 8 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. 9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai. 10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; 11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, 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. 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words. 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. 14 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? 15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16 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. 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that
Esther had commanded him.
Thank you Jesus for the blessing of being part of Your Kingdom. I am glad that You have given me so many good things to enjoy, and Your Word to lead and guide me. Please help me to be willing to sacrifice, and to step out in faith to become who You want me to be. Every day You provide me with opportunities, please help me to be sensitive and tuned in to what you are speaking to me each day. You are my King and my best friend.
THOUGHTS…INSIGHT…What is the Lord saying to me?
1. Esther had a choice to make: to help or to sit idly by. Tell of a situation in your life when you had to make an important choice to help someone despite the possibility of facing negative consequences.
2. Esther went to the king in her time of trouble. Can we still go to the King?
3. Why was Mordecai so upset in verse 7?
4. Esther knew that she had to go before the king to save her people. However, going to the king without being called on was an action punishable by death. Does doing the right thing outweigh any dangerous consequences?
5. Integrity means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral
6. Do we as Christians have attacks on our integrity? In what ways?
7. Fasting is what we do when we want to get closer to God. We deny our flesh and feed our spirit.
8. In verse 3, the Jews began to fast and pray and we know that later God delivered them. Have you ever prayed and fasted over something and God answered?
9. What are some obstacles you may come across when trying to spread the gospel?
10. What attacks come against the church?
11. How can we help each other when we get attacked?
12. Share something that happened in your life when you just knew God had His hand on you.