Esther – For Such A Time As This

Esther 4:13-17

 

1 You’ve probably heard the adage, “behind every good man is a good woman.”

 

2 I prefer, “Behind every good man is a surprised mother-in-law.”

 

  1. Today we will study a case in which it could be said, “Behind a great man (who was not a good man) was a great woman (who was a good woman) who changed the course of history.”

 

  1. The background: Our story begins with Ahashuerus of the King James Version – Xerxes the Great of history circa 481 or 483 BC. Xerxes was King of Persia.

 

5 It has been 103 years since Nebuchadnezzar took the Jews into captivity (2 Kings 25), 54 years after Zerubbabel led the first group of exiles back to Jerusalem (Ezra 1,2) and 25 years before Ezra leads the second group to Jerusalem (Ezra 7).

 

6 All but a few thousand of God’s people -Israel – were in the Persian provinces. The King had the leaders of 127 provinces come to his impressive palace for a celebration that lasted 187 days — more than six months.

 

7 It was common for the Persians to put on a feast before launching an invasion. In this case they were planning to invade Greece. The invasion would end up with a victory for the Persians at Thermopylae and a crushing defeat for Xerxes at Salamis in 480BC.

 

8 It was a feast of drinking, of debauchery and of sin. At the end of a week-long drunken feast, the King sent for Vashti to come and display her beauty. History suggests that she was pregnant with the Son who would later replace Xerxes. She refused. The King accepted the suggestion to reject her and choose another to be queen in her stead.

 

9 Esther was chosen. She was a young, beautiful Jewish girl. Her cousin Mordecai had offended an official named Haman, who by trickery got a decree signed that all the Jews should be put to death. The decree could not be altered.

 

10 God stepped in and in a providential way delivered His people from the decree that Christ might come of their seed as promised. Gen. 12:1-3).

 

11 This story was written for our benefit (Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

 

  1. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS” Esther 4:16

 

  1. Mordecai thought Esther had come to the throne “for such a time as this.” What sort of a time was it?

 

  1. It was a time when the King and the leaders of the nation were selfish, wicked, and immoral.

 

  1. Sin was in the saddle.

(Proverbs 29:2) When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice;but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

 

  1. Haman was wicked to the core
  2. The leaders of the provinces were wicked.

 

  1. Consider the morals of some of our leaders today.

(Proverbs 14:34 NKJV) Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.

(Matthew 15:12-14 NKJV) Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” {13} But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. {14} “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

 

  1. Is there sin in high places today?

 

  1. Even some church leaders have fallen into the snare of worldliness and immoral behavior..

 

  1. ESTHER HAD COME TO THE THRONE AT A NOTABLE TIME

 

A.It was a time of worldly pomp and show.

 

  1. It was a time when the King and leaders of 127 provinces recklessly took a six-month vacation for wickedness and sin.

 

  1. They neglected the nation and its welfare; their homes and children, education, etc.

 

  1. Today, our nation is neglecting to preserve our freedom and to purify the streams of morality.

 

(2 Timothy 3:1-5) 1But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days.  2 For people will be lovers of self,  lovers of money,  boastful, proud,  blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good,4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power.  Avoid these people!

 

  1. It was a time of strong drink. Esther 1.

 

  1. Consider the damage alcohol and other addictive drugs and addictive behaviors is bringing on our society..

 

(Proverbs 20:1) Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler, and whoever staggers because of them is not wise.

 

  1. Proverbs 23:29-35

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has conflicts? Who has complaints? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has red eyes?

30 Those who linger over wine, those who go looking for mixed wine.

31 Don’t gaze at wine because it is red, when it gleams in the cup and goes down smoothly.

32 In the end it bites like a snake and stings like a viper.

33 Your eyes will see strange things, and you will say absurd things.

34 You’ll be like someone sleeping out at sea or lying down on the top of a ship’s mast.

35 “They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, but I didn’t know it! When will I wake up? I’ll look for another drink.”

 

  1. It was a time of immodesty and debauchery. It was a time when the king demanded Vashti the Queen to come before the leaders of 127 provinces and display her body before the lustful eyes of wicked lewd and lecherous men. Est. 1; 2
  2. We should be thankful that the Queen had the moral courage to dare to do right.

 

  1. We should constantly pray that men and women in high places do the right thing.

 

  1. It was a time when the sanctity of marriage was at low point. The King was willing to get rid of the Queen for no fault of hers.

 

  1. We are now seeing divorce at an all time high in our country. Matt. 19:3-9.

 

  1. It was a time when human life was cheap. The leaders were willing to sign a decree to have 2,000,000 Jews killed, because one of them would not bow to Haman, a wicked official.

 

  1. We would never do anything that wicked?

 

  1. The papers are full of murder, adultery, theft, and hate.

 

  1. It was a time that cried out for people of courage. Esther, living inside the gate of the king, stepped up. Est. 4:13-16.

 

  1. Her silence would have been sin; in a responsible position, in a time that needed good people, of conviction and prayer.

 

  1. It was true in her time. Is it true in our time?

 

  1. Has God placed you here for such a time as this?

 

  1. All around us people are dying in sin. If you are Christian you know the solution. Do you have the courage to step up and speak up?

 

Do you realize that YOU have been positioned where you are in life for such a time as this. Do you realize that GOd is not surprised or taken off guard by the spiritual condition of our world.

 

DO YOU REALIZE THAT WE ARE ESTHER IN THIS STORY. WE ARE IN THE PALACE INSIDE THE GATE OF THE KING.

 

You’ve got to use the life you’ve been given to give life to others.

 

Use your position inside the gate for those living outside the gate- or we are in danger of losing everything.

 

If we don’t step up and share Jesus with the world, GOD WILL RAISE UP A VOICE FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE.

 

If you have ANY food in your fridge, ANY clothes in your closet, ANY small roof, either rented or owned, over your head, you are richer than 75% of the world. We are the ones living inside the gate.

 

If you have ANYTHING in the bank, ANY currency in your pocket, ANY change in a jar, you are one of the top 8% wealthiest people in the world. We are the ones living inside the gate.

 

If you can pick up your BIble and read these words right now, you have a gift that 3 billion people right now don’t have.

 

If your stomach isn’t twisted with hunger pangs right now, you have a gift that 1 billion people right now don’t have.

 

If you have the greatest gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, you have a gift that untold millions right now don’t have.

 

And you are in this place for such a time as this.

 

Esther puts herself in the place of those outside the gate and makes herself the bridge to the King. And we are to do the same. Put yourself in the place of those who do not know Jesus and make yourself the bridge that brings them to the King of kings.

 

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Edmond Burke.

 

“The hottest regions of Hell are reserved for those who do nothing at a time of great need.” – Dante

 

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17).

 

You have a story to tell.

To whom will you share it with.

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