October 5, 2011
Esther 4:13-17 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.
Mordecai has an excellent point. Esther is a Jew also. Even though she is the queen, she would be killed with all of her father's house as well. What did she have to loose? Perhaps she could have lived a lie and completely denied her heritage. Ultimately, this still would have been a lie and her family would be dead. What would she gain? Instead, Esther bathes her actions in fasting and prayer. She has her maidens to join her as well as all the Jews in Shushan. Since God promises to hear the prayers of the righteous. What do you think will happen to Esther? How great would your faith be?