Esther 4:13-14 “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?”
Esther is a book about God being in control of every circumstance, good and bad. He can even control the insomnia of a king.
Esther is a story about a king whose queen fell out of favor with the king. So, he held a beauty contest and Esther was chosen as the new queen. She didn’t tell the king immediately that she was Jewish.
All power in heaven and earth, all authority, belongs to God. Any power that is yours has been given you by God.
Haman was a wicked man who wanted everyone to bow down to him. Mordecai was a Jew and the uncle of Esther. Haman hated Mordecai because of his refusal to bow to him. So, he schemed to kill all the Jews. Esther’s uncle asked her to speak to the king.
They were living in a place called Susa, one of the four capitols of the Greek/Persian empire at that time. This was approximately 475 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. 100 years before this, Babylon was conquered and the Jews were set free. They could’ve gone home, but many of the Jews stayed because they realized that God was with them no matter where they were. These Jews never knew persecution or slavery. The current king was led by his emotions. The king was absent-minded and a drunk. The law at the time was that if the king makes a law, not even the king can revoke it.
The Jews had gotten a mortal enemy in Haman. There is a lot of symbolism in the book of Esther. God isn’t even mentioned.
What can the book of Esther teach us today?
- Mordecai is the voice of the pulpit, those that stand for truth and righteousness, the defiance against Satan. He is like the three Hebrew men who refused to bow to another god besides their God. The voice of Mordecai must be heeded and heard. It’s being attacked.
- Haman is the agenda of the devil, pride, and arrogance, whose goal is to get people to bow to himself. There is always someone who won’t bow and that makes him mad. He is working to get the people annihilated altogether.
- Esther represents the church, the one who has found favor with the king. She has a choice to either seek the king’s favor or allow Haman to destroy God’s people. She can choose to allow the church to lose another battle.
It was the voice of the pulpit that moved America to free the slaves. It is a voice of influence, but Satan and his own hate it. In 1962, the Johnson amendment, where no pulpit could influence government.
There is a voice, a call, nothing happens in the church at large without an answer to a call from God. If the church will not act, God will not act. Without the answer of Esther (the church), nothing changes.
America doesn’t always win when people are given authority. It’s possible your very existence may be threatened just because you believe and follow Jesus. Esther must overcome her fear. She needed to listen to Mordecai and realize who she is and that her actions can be significant.
You are here for such a time as this.
This isn’t an exact parallel. Each of you must do three things before anything can change in the kingdom that you live in. Totally depend on God.
- Be humble enough to listen to Mordecai. You may have servants and money and youth and beauty. There is something about being humble and submitted. Humility is something to be learned and exercised. Even though you have an answer, true humility is admitting your answer might not be right. Humility is allowing another person to exercise their right to be right. Humility isn’t about agreeing. It’s about being the water-boy when you want to be the quarterback.
- Be obedient enough to trust God’s Word and remove all doubt. If you obey what God wants you to do, God will honor His part. God’s love is not dependent on something you do, but His promises are dependent on what you do. If you want to be blessed, you need to obey God. God will not be manipulated by you. Joshua had to obey in order to release those promises.
- Be courageous and conquer your fear. Sometimes, faith is not always spelled f-a-i-t-h. Sometimes, it’s spelled r-i-s-k. You’ve got to depend on God. Some people are dependent on something besides God. Have you ever attempted something so large that failure is guaranteed unless God stepped in? Jochebed depended on God when she allowed Moses to go down the river in crocodile infested water. David won the battle against Goliath, not possible without God. Elijah depended on God to bring the fire. Peter trusted Jesus when he stepped out of the boat and walked on water. Gideon depended on God when he brought 300 men to fight several thousand.
You may not like to lose, but God will bring you to those places to show His glory in Your life!
You can be a part of that. God specializes in impossibilities. You may be a ‘loser’, but with God all things are possible.
Esther had a choice. She could keep her secret, but for only so long. If she totally depended on God, she would tap into unlimited resources.
There was a book written several years ago called, ‘The Prayer of Jabez’. Bruce Wilkinson’s son went to a park where three slides were. He went down the first, little slide and had a blast. Then, he decided he wanted to try a bigger slide. Finally, he decided he wanted to go down the biggest slide. He got halfway up the ladder and realized it was too big. He yelled, ‘Dad, this is too big for me.’ His dad came and got him and they went down together.
2 Cor 3:5-6 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
2 Cor 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Release that God dependency and see Him work in your life. It’s too big for you. Depend on God and watch Him do the stuff you can’t do.
God is greater than Haman!
Esther knew the law that said if she approached the king without him asking for her, she could die. Mordecai said she would die anyway, she might as well die trying to save her people.
You can’t do anything without God, but you can do all things with Him.
What are you depending on? Friends, spouse, paycheck, job, doctors, medicine, insurance, pastor, self, ‘I got this.’ Peter said, ‘Cast all your cares on Him.’
You need to let go the Genie in the Lamp syndrome, where you don’t know God except for when you get into trouble and need supernatural help. Gain God’s favor in your life.
Esther gave the king a feast. (There’s something about food!) She invited Haman too. She laid out the letter against her.
Bring your circumstance with you to the Lord and lay it before Him. Intercede.
Esther told the king what was going on. The king got so mad that he went outside to let his anger subside. Then, he went back inside and saw Haman trying to get Esther to help him. The guards came and got Haman out. The king hung Haman on the gallows Haman had built for Mordecai. The schemes of the devil will be turned against him. When you depend totally on God, He will deliver you.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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