For Such A Time As This
Have you ever run across something you have written years earlier? I found a piece of paper that had the beginning of an article I had written in April 2000. The title was “God Has A Place For You” and it began as follows:
How often have we prayed to God about showing us His purpose for our lives? When things in life are not going the way you might expect, then you assume that your purpose on this earth is not being fulfilled. It might be you do not know what your purpose is.
Be assured God does have a purpose, a plan, and an appointment for your life.
Esther 4:14 (kjv)
FAST FORWARD 20 YEARS
My mind was a complete blank. I could not remember the last time I had read The Book of Esther. But I knew God wanted me to dig a little deeper. He wanted me to get the BIG picture. The only thing that always stood out for me was the phrase “for such a time as this.” So what is the Big picture?
I am a visual person meaning is there a video I could watch? Amazon currently has several videos about “Esther”. I was curious about what it was God wanted me to understand.
As I watched the movie, I had my Bible with me to make sure what I was watching was accurate according to my Bible.
The more I watched, the more I became captivated with the story and the characters.
What was this big picture? What did God want me to see? There was this law. Refer to Esther 4:11.
The following scripture makes it clear if you come into the inner court of the king without an invite from the king you will be put to death, UNLESS the king hold’s out his golden scepter then you shall live.
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.
1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. 2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near and touched the top of the sceptre.
12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and tomorrow am I invited unto her also with the king. 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate. 14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.
Haman hated Mordecai and actually took advice from his wife and friends who suggested that a gallows be made fifty cubits high (75 feet) to hang Mordecai but in the end, the gallows were used to hang Hamon. Esther 7:7-10
2 Esther sets Mordecai over the house of Haman.
4 Esther understands her purpose.
Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman (hater of the Jews).
1 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea. 2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.