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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Esther and Mordecai:  For Such a Time as This

September 28

(Esther 4:6-16 NIV)  "So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king's gate. {7} Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. {8} He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told him to urge her to go into the king's presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people. {9} Hathach went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. {10} Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, {11} "All the king's officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that he be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter to him and spare his life. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king." {12} When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai, {13} he sent back this answer: "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. {14} For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" {15} Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: {16} "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.""

Esther was a Jew who was pretending to be someone else. She was so good at it that she ended up being the queen. In every life there are defining moments. Esther’s came when she became aware of a plot to kill all the Jews in Persia, and her uncle Mordecai asked her to intercede with the king on their behalf. At great risk to her life, she said yes. God’s purposes will be accomplished, with or without us. He invites us to rise up and fulfill our calling, but if we don’t step up, another will rise to the occasion and God will be glorified through their faith and obedience. God’s will is going to be done here on Earth by someone. Will you be that someone? Say yes to God’s call and be used of God. Who knows but that you have come to this place in your life, for just such a time as this? Rise up! Answer God’s call. Say, “Yes!” -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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