A Sense of Urgency (Esther #12)

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Text: Esther 4:1-3

We’ll start by reading verses 1-14 so we know what’s happening and then come back and preach on the first three verses.  With the letters gone out to all provinces in Persia that the Jews should be killed on the 13th day of the 12th month, we see a hopeless situation.

Mordecai recognized the problem

  • Mordecai perceived all that was done
  • The Jews were condemned and Mordecai knew it.  He had a clear vision of the condemnation.
  • Application to the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Application to us
    • The people of our community are under a mortal and eternal condemnation. Death passed upon all men because all have sinned.
    • Clear vision of God’s holiness
    • Clear vision of hell
    • Clear vision of heaven
    • Clear vision of harvest

Mordecai had to separate from business as usual

  • Mordecai rent his clothes
  • We often say signs and wonders together, but signs are not always miracles.
    • Ezekiel is told not to mourn for his wife and that would be a sign to the people as Ezekiel would be a type of God not mourning for Israel.
    • Jeremiah was told to bury some worn underwear then dig it up later.  It would be a sign of something that was good for nothing like Israel had become.
    • Sign is not part of the scenery
  • Application to the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Application to us

Mordecai afflicted himself for the cause

  • And put on sackcloth with ashes
  • Mordecai sacrificed some of his comfort to bring attention to the need at hand.
  • Application to the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Application to us

Mordecai preached among the people

  • And went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and bitter cry
  • Isaiah said, Cry aloud, spare not.  Mordecai publicly proclaims – preached – the imminent danger of the people.
  • Application to the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Application to us

Mordecai makes a spectacle of himself to get the queen’s attention

  • And came even before the king’s gate:
  • Mordecai becomes a spectacle for the purpose of getting the queen’s attention.  She doesn’t know what’s happened.  She doesn’t understand the urgency of her condition and the condition of her people.  She is insulated.  Application to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Application to us