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. We compared this to hearing the pastor preach a stirring and emotionally dynamic sermon from the pulpit about the urgency of being a believer in these perilous times we are living in today. Esther knows what Mordecai is urging her to do just like we know what God is urgently asking us to do, Let’s see what happens after the church service is over.
Esther 4: 10-11 “Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, ‘All the king’s officials and the people…know that for anyone who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law; that they be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter…and spare their life.”
Go back to the gate and tell Mordecai that I can’t do this because it’s been thirty days since the king has asked to see me. The church wants to hear what God is saying today. They want to hear the Word of God; so they send the pastor to the gate.
The pastor spends hours at the gate; talking with God; pouring out his heart in prayer for the people; reading God’s Word and hearing what the Spirit is saying to His Church. Then he comes back and tells everyone everything he’s heard. He tells them what God said and what God wants.
And the church says, “That was a great message, pastor. I don’t know how you do it.” The pastor says, “Thank you. But are we going to do what God has asked us to do?” Oh Pastor, I’d like to. I want to, but I can’t because – because I’m too old; because I don’t feel well; because I’m too busy; because I’m afraid; because I’m shy; because I’m not that kind of person; I can’t because. ..
Esther 4:12-13a “When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer”
Hathath goes back to the gate and tells Mordecai what Esther said, what Esther has done with that message he had sent her. Then Mordecai sends Hathath back to Esther with next Sunday’s message; another fiery sermon; same text; different title.
The title of this week’s message is, “You’ve got to, because.”
Esther 4:13b “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.”
#1. You’ve got to because if we’re not actively participating in spiritual warfare, we’ll become the casualties of it.
Don’t start telling yourself you’re not a part of this. If we don’t believe we’re in a struggle with principalities and powers and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places; if we don’t get up every day and put on that whole armor of God that’s mentioned in Ephesians 6; if we don’t carry and know how to use the weapons of our warfare, including the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God; if we don’t stand up to and resist the devil – we’ll perish.
#2. If we don’t stand up for Jesus, we’ll fall away from Him.
Esther 4:14a “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place.”
#3. You’ve got to because if we won’t, someone else will.
God will find a way. God will find someone who is willing; someone who trusts Him. But somehow; some way, God’s work will be accomplished, His will’s going to get done and the devil is going to be defeated with or without my help.
Esther 4:14b “but you and your father’s family will perish.”
#4. If we refuse, we lose. If we refuse to actively participate in spiritual warfare, we’ll become the casualties of it. If we don’t stand up for Jesus, we’ll fall away from Him. If we refuse to act on His Word, God is going to win, but we will definitely lose.
Esther 4:14c “And who knows but that you have come to royal position FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.”
#5. You’ve got to because that’s why this church is here – right now.
“For such a time as this;” that’s right now; today. I am the one; we are the people God has called; the ones God has placed together; the ones God wants to use to fulfill His purpose right now.
The Lord doesn’t want to hear anyone saying, “I can’t because.” The Lord is telling us we’ve got to, because the Day is Coming Soon.
Esther 4:15-16 “Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: ‘Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Go back to the gate and tell Mordecai “I will go and if I perish, I perish.” I’m willing to lay down my life for the sake of doing what Mordecai is asking me to do.
Can any truly repentant believer who claims that “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”, (Philippians 1:21) really refuse to carry out the mission the Lord has sent us into the world to perform?
Esther 4:17 “So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.”
Mordecai, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth gets the whole family of God fasting and praying. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. Thanks for being in God’s Word with Pastor Buj.