Esther: Who Knows?The Mystery of God

A sermon at Emmaus in the middle of a series on the Old Testament called A Well Worn Path…

So this decree is sent out all across the empire.  Jews everywhere, including Mordecai, are horrified.  And so Mordecai sends word to Esther.  Remember Esther is the closest one to the king and she’s secretly Jewish.  So Mordecai charges her to go to the king, admit her jewishness, and plead for her people.  Now Esther’s not all that excited about this idea.  She remembers what happened to Vashti.  Plus she’s heard that when anyone approaches the king without being asked to, they’re put to death.  That’s the policy of the foolish king.  Remember that nothing small happens in this kingdom.  So Esther rightfully fears that approaching the king without being summoned (not to mention confessing that she has been less than fully honest about her race) would be the end of her.   And so she responds to Mordecai, basically saying, “I don’t know.  I’m not so sure this is a great idea. What else you got?”  Mordecai replies with what I think are some of the most powerful and theologically packed words in the Bible.  Here’s what he says in 4:14: 

“If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”  

Did you catch it?  “Who knows?” He says… Maybe, the whole reason you are the Queen of Persia is for this very moment?

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