“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and [positive] action” (Martin Luther King Jr.).
This statement was made exactly one year before the brutal, and untimely death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hatred toward Black folks threaten to extinguish this race of people and one voice crying in the wilderness of Jim Crow’s southern states led to liberty and justice for all! In some ways, this event mirrors the events in our lesson today. READ ESTHER 4:6-17.
- When have you sensed God positioning you at just the right place & time for His glory?
It seems as though there may have been some hesitation from Esther about getting involved.
- Why do you think she may have hesitated?
In verse 14 Mordecai warns Esther that she too is in danger and because she is in the right place at the right time she has an obligation to intercede. Solomon says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it” (Prov. 3:27).
- What does Mordecai say would happen if Esther neglects her responsibility to speak up for her people?
- What do you think Mordecai meant by those words?
- What was Esther’s responds to Mordecai?
Although there is no mention of God in this book,
- What can we learn about God and the faith of Mordecai & Esther?
As a result of seeking the Lord, the edict is overturned and the people of God defeated their enemies. Not only did they defeat their enemies, but the clear evidence of the power of God in the life of His people lead to the conversion of non-Jews (un-Believers) (Esther 8:17).
We cannot think that because we are saved, our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, that we are now – not only in the King’s palace as Esther was, but we are children of the King, that we have somehow escaped from reaching back to deliver others from the threat of death. The Lord spoke through the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 3:18-21 and said,
“If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die ford his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. 20Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. 21But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”
Make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil (Eph. 5:16). Now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2).