IF I PERISH, I PERISH – Growth In Esther blog series Part 7
The depths of Esther’s love relationship with Mordecai easily made her trust him. As always, the same is for us. The deeper our relationship is with Jesus, the deeper and easier our trust in Him becomes.
Esther accepted death, especially to herself, and acted on “faith” to trust Mordecai to turn the tables and crush Haman. Mordecai would do the work through her. Alleluia! Just watch God in action. He will do the same in your life.
Esther 4:15-17 “Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye with 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.” Notice that Esther chose three days. What does three days represent? Amen! Esther was walking in the power of the third day – resurrection victory. She died to herself (“If I perish, I perish.”) and rose three days later in newness of life – totally abandoned to Mordecai to work divinely through her. She once again totally surrendered herself to Mordecai (as she had always done in her life). And we see how prepared Mordecai was and how he respected Esther’s choices. Once Esther gave him instructions, Mordecai immediately obeyed. Fasting and prayer to draw close to God’s heart are outstanding.
What an excellent example of living the Christian life Esther is for us! Esther is someone who learned well to die to flesh (Haman) and to be totally dependent on the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) to live the Christian life through her. I can just picture the joy in Mordecai’s face as his beloved Esther went forward that day. Mordecai had such joy as he left his Esther to prepare for his own meeting on the third day to embarrass Haman at the king’s gate. Absorb these lessons well and often. Outstanding!
Esther 5:1-8 “Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, and against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favor in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. Then said the king unto her, What will thou, Queen Esther? And what is thy request? It shall be given thee to the half of the kingdom. And Esther answered, If it seemed good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him. Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared… And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? And it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? Even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed. Then Esther answered, and said, My petition and my request is; if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king hath said.”
Haman’s ego must have inflated beyond measure. After all, only he was invited to the feast with the king and queen – and not just one day, but eventually two. Haman must have thought, “I so easily influence the king; the queen will be next. Why else would she request me as the only guest?” But, the Holy Spirit was working behind the scenes to get His plan in place to destroy Haman. The flesh has no understanding, except defeat, when the Spirit of God takes over. Alleluia!