Giving Up the Right Way (Esther #15)

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Text: Esther 4:15-17

Esther’s back is against the wall here.  She is between a rock and a hard place.  Either she dies in the Jewish genocide or she possibly dies going before the king.  It’s a terrible position to be in, but it’s also a great position to be in because there really is no option.

She has given up on keeping the law

  • Esther told Mordecai about the king’s law which said no one was to come before the king unless the golden sceptre had been lowered.  She said, the king hadn’t called her in thirty days.  Mordecai reminds Esther that keeping that law is still going mean she dies in the end.
  • Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse

She has given up on her ability

  • …gather together all the Jews that are in Shushan, and fast ye for me…
  • She gets a prayer chain going.

She has given up on any earthly solution

  • …fast ye for me… and I also and my maidens will fast likewise…
  • If you want to get serious with God, try three days of prayer and fasting.
  • This is even what the Lord recommended for hard cases – Matthew 17:21
  • Sometimes things get desperate.
  • Now, this is the way to really get God involved in it.

She has given up on her expectations

  • If I perish, I perish.
  • Esther prays the king won’t kill her, but she doesn’t put any conditions on what she’s about to do.
  • Esther is putting her life and the life of her nation truly in the hands of the Lord.

What is noteworthy is the end of this chapter is Esther has come to maturity here.  Notice Mordecai is now taking orders from her.