by Christina Farris
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 woman, 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. How many times we want to try and change our circumstances but can not. The Jews of the day were in deep trouble as we know from yesterday. Those that know there Bible knows it all works out, but we are on the side of the story where they had to take action or die. They had to pray or die. Either God would deliver or he would not. Either God would intervene or he would not. Often times we feel that way in our own life, we know without God intervention we might not survive. Esther would learn of her people trouble through someone other then her closes kin. This is one time in her life she had to know the truth, but could not go herself to see Mordecai so she sent one of kings chamberlains to find out for her. When he return and told her she found her people were in great danger of being killed, because of Haman who was willing to pay to have them die.
One can not protect everyone that is in trouble, but this is not just one person that will be effected. This is a group people affect by one person who wish them dead because of who they were. Mordecai no doubt had felt this hatred before but it was ever so strong now. How do you help a people survive hatred. Can you lay your life down. Esther was preparing to lay her life down for the sake of her people. She knew she need God's help, she understood the cross she was bearing for her people and not only for herself.
Christ cross is not just about us, we often think it is but God also layed the life of his Son down for Himself. Christ is the bridge between us and God. That bridge goes to God, but the bridge has someone on the otherside that is us. The cross is the bridge between God and us. It is the promise given to those lost in sin, if they turn away from sin, they will have eternal life. Yet what does us having eternal life have for God. God redeems a people he loves, who thought they are rejected totally by him, but that is not true, he just want people to give him the proper respect for who He is, and to be willingly obey him. Concept in reality God loves us, and enjoys watching all of us. God must of help create social media in one's own mind, because do we not like and enjoy seeing those we can not see daily any other way. God sees us all on this earth, but some of us won't give God the time of day, and some of us understand there is a God but do not understand his ways. So he sent a bridge for you and me his name is Jesus. Jesus is our chamberlain in the palace, He is our gate keeper, our bridge, our key, and our door. We leave God out when we choose to do things our own way.
What is your way and your hope? Can your way get you to God? Can your way tear down the barriers between you and God? Do you even want those barriers torn down? The answers are simple, God's way is protection and God's ways is hope. God opens doors we can not see. God opens ways we understand not. Who do we depend on God or someone else? Someone else might deliver but there are no guarantees. We might not be able to deliver ourselves because of physical issues. Yet God has a plan and way for us to escape no matter our situation. God will open doors or take you through the pit and muck of life. No matter the outcome God is there.
Dear Heavenly Father, your grace is sufficent for our needs, no matter the outcome, seeking you is the only opposition, because you are our sole provider in our life on earth and eternally, give us everlasting hope so we can have daily hope of knowing you are with us still. in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
2 Corinthians 1:9-10 KJV