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When Mordecai heard about the decree of Ahasuerus for the destruction of the Jews he rent his clothes and put on sackcloth with ashes, which displayed to the Jews great sorrow and grief (v. 1). Following this, throughout the entire kingdom there was great mourning among the Jews (vv. 2-3).
When Queen Esther heard about Mordecai=s mourningshe sent him clothing to wear, but he refused to wear it (v. 4). When this word reached Esther she dispatched a messenger to gather the details of his mourning (vv. 5-6). Mordecai outlined Haman=s plan and how that the king had promised to pay money for the destruction of the Jews. He even sent a copy of the document to Esther so she could read it. He shared with her that the only hope for the Jewish people was for her to intercede on their behalf, and thus gain favor with the king in protecting the Jews (v. 7-8).
Esther replies by stating that it was unlawful for her to approach the king unless he had desired for her to come (vv. 9-10). Since he had not asked for her in thirty days it was unlikely that he would want to see her now. The penalty for coming before the king and not receiving his favor was death (v. 11). When Mordecai received this message he sent back this reply, “Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king=s house, more than all the Jews.” (vv. 12-13) Esther then decides to risk her life by requesting to see the king and asks that all the Jews be instructed to fast for three days and nights (vv. 14-16). Mordecai did everything Esther told him to do (v. 17).
Am I committed, like Esther, to do right despite the possible consequences or am I just looking out for my own skin. Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. used to say, “Do right, even if the stars fall.”
When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry. He went up to the entrance of the king's gate, for no one was allowed to enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth. And in every province, wherever the king's command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes. 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. 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. Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king's gate, 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. 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. And Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, "All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law--to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days." And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, "Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish." Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.
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Esther 1:1-9King Xerxes Hosted a Banquet For His Officials
Esther 1:10-22Queen Vashti Dismissed as Queen
Esther 2:1-11Picking a New Queen
Esther 2:12-23Esther Chosen to be Queen
Esther 3:1-15Haman Persuades The King to Kill All Jews
Esther 4:1-17Communications Between Esther And Mordecai
Esther 5:1-14Haman’s Plot Exposed as he Builds The Gallows
Esther 6:1-14Mordecai Honored by King Xerxes
Esther 7:1-10Haman Hanged on His Own Gallows