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THINGS THAT GO CRASH IN THE NIGHT

The message reached Mordecai, and he understood that this was the death warrant of his nation.  The evil of Haman was aimed at everyone, Mordecai, Esther, men, women, and the children of Israel were all included. 

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;  And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.  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.  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.  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.  Esther 4:1-5

Mordecai acknowledged the ritual of a petition of distress to God with sackcloth and ashes.  Humility and the cry of the oppressed are recognized by God.  But the king’s court expected more elegant attire, and he could not enter the gates.  The same distress and cry spread throughout the Jewish community, and word of it came to Esther.  She thought she could offer fresh clothing to Mordecai, but he was obliged to dress for spiritual warfare.  With her clothing rejected, Esther had to learn what the emergency was about.  She sent her messenger.

So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king’s gate.  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.  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.  And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.  Esther 4:6-9

The bad news delivered here was not unlike the purges of Jews in more modern times.  However in Persia, all the Jews were in areas occupied by their enemies.  The danger was extinction of the whole Jewish race.  Esther got the picture.

Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;  All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, 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.  And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words.  Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.  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 4:10-14

Esther had to tell Mordecai about the law that could have a death penalty for entering the king’s chambers uninvited.  Not even the queen could be confident to do that without a chance of being executed.  We have already seen what happened to a queen who displeased her king.  Esther is challenged by Mordecai to have courage to act for their people of Israel.  He reminds her that God may have had this very purpose in placing her as queen from the beginning.  Now we know that God does that because we were called into new life in Yeshua.

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  Romans 8:29

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,  Ephesians 1:11

Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,  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.  So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him. Esther 4:15-17

Esther accepts the challenge on the condition that all Israel will be in one accord in prayer and fasting.  She will face the danger and approach the king with all possible preparation.  With the assurance that spiritual warfare has been engaged we should have the courage to live for truth in this life.  This life is only the entrance exam for the real life.  Mordecai understood and delivered the army of prayer as Esther had asked.

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