Jul29SunJuly 29, 2018
"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?" Est 4:14
Who comes to the Kingdom and then refuses their purpose? That’s absurd (wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate)!! Yet it is done on a frequent basis by many in the Kingdom of God. It’s like the parable of the man with the two sons who were commissioned to go work in their father’s vineyard (see Mt 21:28-32). One said “no” but repented and did the work. The other said “yes” but didn’t go do the work.
This is our hour, this is our time. Those who have gone before us are either in Heaven because they obeyed God or in hell because they refused God on His terms. We are not of those who refuse but those who obey for the Glory of God and the establishment of His Kingdom in the earth. All that we have, all that we are, and all that we shall be is for the sake of Jesus and the Kingdom – that God’s Will may be done in earth as it is in Heaven.
Esther, for a moment, felt safe and secure in the kingdom because she was the king’s wife. But her true identity was that she was a Hebrew/Jew, and her place and position in the kingdom was for a greater cause and purpose other than just being the king’s wife. It took Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, who took her for his own daughter, to bring Esther to her senses.
Mordecai reminded Esther that she too was a Jew, and what would happen to the Jewish people would happen to her as well. He gave her a reality check – you’re one of us also. If Esther did not fulfill her “Higher Calling”, God would get somebody else to do it, but she was God’s first choice. If Esther would have said “no”, she would have been no better than “Vashti”, the woman who was rejected as queen because she refused to please the king.
Mordecai’s words to Esther were profound then and are applicable today, “if we hold our peace at this time…deliverance shall come from another… and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Instead of “thou” put your name there.