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For Such a Time
as This

Up-Dated - Friday, December 06, 2013

Table of Contents
* Esther
* Estherís Place
* Esther's Preparation
* Estherís Problem
* Estherís Provision
* Principles
* Illustration

Where is God?

You probably would not have wanted to be in Estherís place.
She was orphaned.
She was enslaved.

She was forced to marry someone she did not know, nor her husband love her.

She was chosen for marriage by her appearance.
Where is God in her life?

Former President, George Bush
Tells the story when he was at the funeral of Leonid Breshnev who was the leader of the former Soviet Socialist Repubic

The President watched the widow during the whole funeral. She never moved nor spoke. When the soldiers came to close the lid to the coffin, she reached over and made a cross on his chest.

She was married to the world leader of Communism an avowed athiest but she demonstrated at his funeral that she believed he was wrong.

 She demonstrated no hope in Communism but hope in God.

Was she saved? I donít know.
Was she trying to reach out to God, yes, in at the very least a small, but significant way.

 Where was God in her life

"for such a time as this"

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Esther

This story reminds us of the Esther of the book of the same name.

Where was God in her life

"for Such a Time as This"

God is not mentioned once in the whole book of Esther but He is evident in many striking ways. But lets look at Esther

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Estherís Place

She was an orphan
She was a slave in as much she was required to live as the king commanded or even die.

She was raised by her kinsman

Est 2:5  "Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;"

Est 2:6  "Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away."

Est 2:7  "And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter."

Esther was where she needed to be

"for such a time as this"

We complain too much about our problems about our difficulties about our hardships about our adverse circumstances of life.

Our situations must be seen as a tool of God to use us for His perfect will.

Do you see God in your life or
Do you see the devil?

They are both there. But you a much better off if you see God in everything rather than the devil, rather than evil or careless people rather than bad luck rather than anything else.

See God
in the blessed rain
in the howling wind
in the destructive fire
in the hate of others

See God, donít miss God

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Esther was Prepared

Esther was prepared in every detail

Est 2:8  "So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women."

Esther was in preparation for God to use her
She was brought to the palace

She was under the charge of the keeper of the women.
Under protection
Under instruction
Under training

Est 2:9  "And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women."

If you want to be treated kindly please the one who is placed over you.

Est 2:10  "Esther had not showed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not show it."

Esther was discreet she did not tell everything she knew.
Trying to get sympathy - attention - or - an easier time.
The way to better treatment is to treat others better.

Est 2:11  "And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her."

She was watched over by her cousin.

Est 2:12  "Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;)"

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Est 2:15  "Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her."

She did not demand her rights
She did not demand that her race be treated differently
She did not demand that others be treated badly
She kept her mouth shut
and did not whine
and did not gripe
and did not let everyone know of her discontentment with the whole set up.

Of which, incidentally, was not fair but, was brutal

Esther was being prepared for a Job and she was learning very fast.

Est 2:20  "Esther had not yet showed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him."

Well, no wonder, she was such a model person to become queen,she had lived it her whole life.

She didnít say to herself, I will do what I want now, and later, when it really counts

I will be good. She was good all along.

Esther was being prepared for service.

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Estherís Problem

Mordecai is not impressed with Haman the second in command of the whole kingdom and snubs him at every opportunity.

Haman sees what is going on and plots to not only get even with Mordecai but all the Jews.

This frequently the case.
We donít like someone and probably for good reason.

We snub them.
They hate us and everyone associated with us.

Est 4:1  "When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;"

Est 4:2  "And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth."

Est 4:3  "And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes."

Esther learns of the Mordecaiís lamentation

Est 4:4  "So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not."

Man does not live by bread alone

Esther wishes to soothe her cousin with food and clothes but she learns like the rest of us do that you cannot treat an internal problem with an external remedy.

Look at 4.7

Est 4:7  "And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them."

Est 4:8  "Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people."

Est 4:9  "And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai."

Esther learns of Hamanís plot against Mordecai and against all the Jews

But, Esther hesitates

Est 4:10  "Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;"

Est 4:11  "All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days."

Esther is saying I canít help. If I go to the king, unrequested I might lose my head.

Mordecai fires back

Est 4:13  "Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews."

Est 4:14  "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?"

Mordecai says,
This may be the very reason for your being here.
This may be the very reason for your being in the palace
This may be the very reason for your whole existence.

What a tragedywhen the people of God squirm out from under the  very reason for their existence and miss the whole purpose of their life.

Because they are uncomfortable
they are tired
they are sick
they are old
they are disgusted with the system
they are just wanting a change.

"Who knows, you may have come to the kingdom for such a time as this."

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Estherís Provision

Esther takes up the cause

Est 4:15  "Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,"

Est 4:16  "Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for 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."

Now she decides I am going through with this.
She asks that everyone pray then proclaims
If I die, I die, but I will speak up for everyone else.
And she does.

Why did she change her mind.
It was not because of her cousinís convincing argument.
It was not because she began to feel sorry for the rest.
It was not because she was looking for her hour of fame.

It was because she began to see God in her life.
She saw God in the lambskins of Adam and Eve
She saw God in the hatred and envy of others, like Joseph did.
She saw God in the burning bush that was not consumed.
She saw God as her shepherd, like David did.
She saw God in the wind over the Myrtle Trees leading the way.
She saw God in the shout that brought down the walls of Jericho
She saw God in the fire that came down from heaven at Sodom
She saw God in the few loaves and fishes that fed the 5000
She saw God as her means for existence.

Not her self will.

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Principles

There are a lot of principles that can be applied in this story. And all of them have to do with living for God.

There is great value in purity. Especially if one is pure for God.

Prov 20:11  "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right."

God has someone to help you. Mordecai and the prayers of others, but God is there also.

Psa 46:1  "To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Some jobs take a long time in prepration

Est 2:12  "Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;)"

Paul spent 3 years on the backside of the desert.
Frequently the more important the job the longer the training.

Love gives credit

Est 2:22  "And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name."

Canít solve internal problems with external improvements rededication of the flesh is worthless rededication of the spirit by the flesh is worthless.

Personal concerns cloud perspective fear for oneís own life can not stand in the way of the lives of others.

Sometimes we have to tell the ones we love some difficult things. Our greatest fear, may be our greatest opportunity and priviledge

Right nor action is not defined by results

"if I perish, I perish"

Blessings and burdens are both opportunities to serve God
Esther was not given the very best food, clothing, training just to sit on a fancy throne but so she could be come an instrument to deliver many people from Hamanís plot.

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Illustration

Dr. Shoemaker tells the story of an elderly patient who had broke her hip She was in horrible pain.

She never fussed about the negligence of the one who injured her She never complained about the ineptness of the nurses. 
She never murmurred about the Lord letting this happen.
She never blamed anyone else for the accident.
She never bellyached about the pain killer not working
She never complained about anything, but said, ďWell, I wonder what God has for me to do here?Ē

Her burden was Godís opportunityÖ

"For such a time as this."

 I fear many of us are missing the real mission of life.

Serving God and seeing him in the wrestling grass as God goes pass or even the raise at work or even the fire that destroys our home.

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