Esther 4:3 “In every provence…there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.”
There’s a world of hurt and pain outside the gate and God’s heart is breaking as a result of it. We talked about that gate in Esther #9.
There is a form of truth that exists inside the gate. The truth inside the gate consists mostly of reason and intellect, with a smattering of superstition and selfish imagination. The problem with the truth on the inside of the gate is that it’s not the whole truth. It’s just enough truth to frighten us; just enough truth to get us hooked; just enough to keep us in captivity. It’s not the kind of truth that can give you life or set you free. It’s a truth that keeps you walking on a path of destruction.
Esther 4:4a “When Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes to him to put on instead of his sackcloth,”
Esther hears about Mordecai tearing his clothes and walking around in sackcloth; covered in ashes. Mordecai needs new clothes. We have clothes. We have royal clothes, the world’s best and most expensive clothes. Let’s send some to Mordecai. So new clothes are delivered to the gate and passed through the gate.
How can I make God happy without letting Him get too close; without actually letting Him get past the gate? I’ll start going to church. That should make Him happy. I’ll even give Him some money. I’ll help out. I’ll become active in the church.
Esther 4:4b “ but he would not accept them.”
Mordecai refused the clothes. You go back inside the gate and tell Esther that’s not what I want. That’s not what I’m asking for. That’s not going to make me happy.
Esther 4:5 “The Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.”
If we want to know the truth; when we’re searching for truth; for the truth that can give us life and set us free, we have to go to the gate. There is no such thing as a long distance, impersonal relationship with God. Prayer is not emailing, texting or tweeting. Prayer comes from having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and it requires going to the gate and meeting with Him in Person through His Holy Spirit.
Esther wants to know the truth about what’s troubling Mordecai so she sends Hathath to meet with him personally at the gate.
Esther 4: 6-9 “So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasurer for the destruction of the Jews He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told her this to urge her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.”
I see a striking similarity between this scene involving Hathath, Mordecai, and Esther and the church in the world today. Disturbing events are taking place in the world right now and people are searching for answers. The world is in desperate need of hope. When they turn to the church for these answers, they don’t need to hear motivational speeches, THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM GOD. They need to hear sound, expository Biblical preaching coming from the pulpit. Preachers need to be exposing Satan’s demonic schemes by preaching the truth from God’s Word.
So, in this passage, Hathath (the preacher)
returns with a message from Mordecai; – (The Holy Spirit)
to Esther, (the Church.)
The title of Mordecai’s message is “The Day Is Coming Soon.”
The text is Esther 3:13.
Mordecai is urging Esther to go the King Xerxes, and plead for her people because the day is coming soon; the day of Israel’s appointed destruction.
Jesus has commanded us, His Church, to go into the world; preach the gospel and make disciples because “The day is coming soon.;” the day of the Lord’s return and judgement of sin.
Will Esther hear the message and be moved to act on it? Does Esther have the courage; does Esther have the will to do what Mordecai has told her to do? There was a time when she did. Does she still have it now? Does the Church have the courage; does the Church have the will today to do what Jesus has told us to do?
Lord willing, we’ll find out next Tuesday. I hope you’ll come back to be in God’s Word with pastor Buj.