For Such a Time as This
Dr. Jim Denison
Thesis: every believer has a unique and crucial ministry
Persuade: to stand for God when you are called to do so
Who are some of your favorite biblical characters? One of mine is Hathach. We’ll meet him in this study.
We meet with the most famous statement in Esther: “Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (4.14). Your position is just as much the choice of God as hers, and just as crucial to the Kingdom.
What job does God have for you? There are three in this chapter—yours is one of them.
Mordecai’s role: some initiate (1-3)
“When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly” (v. 1). These were Jewish expressions of grief and mourning.
What were his other options? He could have asked forgiveness of Haman for himself and the nation. Or he could pretend not to be Jewish, or at least publicly so.
Now Mordecai “went only as far as the king’s gate” (2a). This was the last place a Jew would want to be in these days. Haman could have him killed instantly, ahead of the massacre. So why did he go there? He went so Esther could know. And God arranged things so that she did.