Devotional, Esther, Old Testament

Esther- Mordecai Persuades Esther to Help (Esther 4:4-9 Devotional)

4 When Esther’s young women and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen was deeply distressed. She sent garments to clothe Mordecai, so that he might take off his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. 5 Then Esther called for Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs, who had been appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was. 6 Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate, 7 and Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. 8 Mordecai 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. 9 And Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said.

Esther 4:4-9

Points to Ponder

  1. Living in an isolated palace (without internet), we can very much guess Esther has not learned the bad news about the Jews. She didn’t understand why Mordecai was wearing a sackcloth, which was a violation of the King’s law. Yet, we could see that queen Esther has not forgotten her cousin, Mordecai, who raised her like his own child. There’s a Chinese saying, “We should remember people’s favor for a thousand years.” Do you have such a person in your life, and you forgot to say thank you lately?
  1. I believe Esther also has not forgotten her Jewish heritage. She was instructed to keep her nationality to herself. She’s well aware of the sensitivity of being a Jewish-Persian queen. Little that she knew she was the key to the salvation of the Jews. Dear bro/sis, when troubles catch up to you, don’t think like a victim. Think like God is going to use you to be part of the solution. Think like God will use you to comfort people who are also suffering. And trust God even when you don’t see a way.

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