Esther 5 – COURAGE!
ESTHER SERIES #3
One of the qualities which is shown by both Mordecai and Esther is courage. In this passage, we see them making a stand for what is right, and for God. God’s name is not mentioned in the Book of Esther, but it appears obvious that Esther, Mordecai, and the Jews were making a stand for, and being helped by Him.
COURAGE TO TAKE RISKS Vss. 1-3
Even as queen, Esther was not allowed into the king’s presence unless she were summoned. To appear without being requested was to risk one’s life. If the king did not extend his golden scepter, she would be executed. Esther took the risk because wicked Haman had passed a law that would have all Jews killed. The king did extend the scepter.
COURAGE TO FOLLOW GOD’S PLAN Vss. 4-8
We do not know what human reason caused Esther to have two banquets for the king and Haman before telling the king about Haman’s wickedness. We do know that God had a reason. In chapter 5, Haman is humbled and Mordecai is honored as a hero who saved the king’s life. Esther obviously did things God’s way and not her own.
COURAGE TO HONOR GOD Vss. 9-14
As usual Mordecai would not bow down to Haman.
He did what was right, in spite of possible consequences.
Haman’s plan was to execute Mordecai.
Do we do what was in right in spite of possible negative consequences?