Mordecai Appeals to Esther
1 When Mordecai learned all that had occurred, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, went into the middle of the city, and cried loudly and bitterly. 2 He only went as far as the King’s Gate, since the law prohibited anyone wearing sackcloth from entering the King’s Gate. 3 There was great mourning among the Jewish people in every province where the king’s command and edict came. They fasted, wept, and lamented, and many lay on sackcloth and ashes.
4 Esther’s female servants and her eunuchs came and reported the news to her, and the queen was overcome with fear. She sent clothes for Mordecai to wear so he could take off his sackcloth, but he did not accept them. 5 Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to her, and dispatched him to Mordecai to learn what he was doing and why.[a] 6 So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square in front of the King’s Gate. 7 Mordecai told him everything that had happened as well as the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay the royal treasury for the slaughter of the Jews.
8 Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa ordering their destruction, so that Hathach might show it to Esther, explain it to her, and command her to approach the king, implore his favor, and plead with him personally for her people. 9 Hathach came and repeated Mordecai’s response to Esther.
10 Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to tell Mordecai, 11 “All the royal officials and the people of the royal provinces know that one law applies to every man or woman who approaches the king in the inner courtyard and who has not been summoned—the death penalty. Only if the king extends the gold scepter will that person live. I have not been summoned to appear before the king for the last[b] 30 days.” 12 Esther’s response was reported to Mordecai.
13 Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace. 14 If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”
15 Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days, day or night. I and my female servants will also fast in the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish.” 17 So Mordecai went and did everything Esther had ordered him. Esther 4 HCSB
I love flowers. Above is a picture of my azalea shrub. I couldn’t resist sharing it. However, that is not the plant I want to talk about. There are two other plants on my mind today: my rose of sharon and my blue hydrangea. Here they are below.
Each one of these shrubs makes beautiful flowers. The hydrangeas are long lasting. You can put them in a vase and they will stay pretty for several days. If you leave them on the bush they will remain for months. They will eventually turn brown, but even then they are pretty. The Rose of Sharon makes lots of flowers, but each one blooms for only one day. They both are shrubs that I appreciate and intend to keep. They do what they were intended to do and that suits me fine. Sometimes the weather can bring storms and unexpected frosts, or I might neglect to water them in the summer and they might die from neglect. They have no control over that. That doesn’t prevent them from performing to the best of their ability.
The book of Esther contains 10 chapters. It starts on page 410 and ends on page 416 in my little Bible; just seven pages long, but it’s just loaded with wisdom…some in the lines and some between them. If we pray for wisdom the Holy Spirit is able to interpret both. I read through it more than once these past two days and noticed something different each time. So much in that story had to do with people remembering to do what they had been told to do and to do it at the right moment in time… at the moment the Lord appointed. We can go back and read that book, but we already know how the story turns out at the end. When I consider that the people in this account did not know what the future held, it really makes me appreciate the fact that the Lord grants courage at those times we need it most.
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