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May 18, 2019

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Reading along with us in Esther? Here’s today’s reading:

Esther 4 (ESV)

When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry.....Continue Reading

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  1. We will take a brief pause at Ester 4 until we have a chance to catch up. It made no sense to me to keep adding chapters when all posting here are at least 3 chapters behind. So I encourage you to go back and read a chapter you didn’t have a chance to, and then in a couple/few days we’ll move ahead.

  2. 8Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people.
    Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14For 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?

  3. So sorry I’ve not been posting much. On weekdays I listen to each book in total while getting ready for work (audible.com rules!). If something in particular from the “morning listen” stands out I read it either during lunch or at night. On the weekends I like to look at chunks (a few chapters) in context sing my chronological study Bible. That said, I’ve gone through Ezra 1-10 daily for 10 days, Nehemiah 1-13 daily for 13 days, and Esther 1-10 for 4 days.

    Today I wanted to switch gears and read Gal 1-3 and the corresponding chapters in Acts.

  4. “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?”

    Sometimes we don’t have confidence in the outcome when we pray or place our life in danger for God, but we do it anyway.

  5. Just thinking about the seriousness of the situation…basically they are trying to put an early end to a potential ‘holocaustal’ type incident, as I am understanding? Yet, they have to communicate through 3rd parties. So, a 2nd party to the King is who is responsible for this situation (not that Mordecai didn’t play a role). Now we are trusting messengers with the lives of strangers country wide. Yikes!!! I guess that was the only way but it is amazing that the security was such that they couldn’t speak in person. Maybe I’m overthinking this point.

  6. The grief the Jews are experiencing is certainly understandable. How daunting to know the KIng’s edit will bring death independent of any action on their part but simply because they are Jewish. How sad that history is littered with examples of genocide. And Ester shows that her role has not left a gap between herself and care for her people especially for Mordecai. But just to make sure she connects with the severity of what has been decreed, her family will be impacted as well. And how significant his words are “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.” First, praise be to God and the fact that we serve a God who creates “Such a time as this(es)”. He is always orchestrating a plan that looks ahead and takes into account what needs will be present and what people could be engaged and needed. That is certainly what is happening with Ester, but it happens with us as well. It is part of the privilege and excitement of being a believer, that as we live our lives, higher purposes and plans are unfolding. And often times we find ourselves in the right place at the right time for God to accomplish his plan. Naturally this is heightened as we engage with God in the 5 disciplines I talk about all the time, but particularly as we are in the Word and being filled with the Spirit and following in obedience to God. But then when the opportunity is there, we, like Ester need to have the courage to do what is necessary.

    So she decides to be courageous to go before the king even if it means her death. But she also asks the Jews to fast. As we come to God with needs and prayers, He does gauge how much we really want it, or how important is it to us. He also orients His answers to how much we believe, as in area e trusting only Him or is He just one of the options we are depending on. I think fasting focuses our attention in all those dynamics and shows God we are willing to sacrifice for what we are asking for, showing we are all in.

  7. Esther 4:1 (ESV)
     When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry.

    I like the visceral way in which the Jewish people mourn. When I mourn, our culture dictates that we put on a brave face and act as if nothing is wrong. Yet, how cathartic it can be to just let it out. Our culture tends toward private repressed morning.
    But not only do they just express grief, but they also turn to the only source of deliverance and peace; God.

  8. Great faith in a Sovereign God…and prayer

    13Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14For 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?” 15Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16″Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” 17Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

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