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Unexpected Legacy Day 16

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Scripture: Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent athis 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 athis?

Devotional:  In chapters 2-4 of Esther, a story of intrigue unfolds as vile Haman, one of King Xerxes trusted nobles, hatches a plan to annihilate all Jews, who he hates.  He is unaware that Queen Esther is of Jewish heritage, but his hatred for the race has no boundaries.  His hatred is fueled by the fact that Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, considers loyalty and faithfulness to God above bowing down to him or any other earthly ruler.

In today’s passage, Mordecai has appealed to Esther to go to the King and plead for the life of her people.  This could cost Esther her own life, but if she does not take this risk, as Mordecai has so aptly pointed out, her family and all other Jews will face extermination.  It’s an excruciating position to be put in.

But Mordecai says something interesting to note: “relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.

Reflect:

  • How do you suppose Mordecai is so confident that God will provide deliverance for the Jews no matter what?
  • Imagine yourself in Esther’s position What responsibility would you feel to approach the king, exposing yourself as one who is of Jewish heritage and risking your own life on behalf of your people?
  • How might you go about finding to courage to do such a sacrificial thing?