He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her…
Queen Esther, living life within the walls of the palace, was completely oblivious to the decree sent out detailing the destruction of her people. In every province, Jews were weeping, wailing and laying in sackcloth. To all of this, Esther was unaware. And because she was so unaware, she appears a little embarrassed that her uncle, Mordecai, is making a scene in front of the king’s gate, crying loudly. Wanting to “help,” she first sends him new clothes but doesn’t ask till later why he’s upset. Mordecai then explains his distress, providing her with a copy of the decree outlining the dire situation.
Esther might not have been privy to the king’s decisions, but I am surprised that she was so isolated that she did not know Jews all over the province were in great turmoil. But before we examine Esther, we should ask ourselves if we are like that, too. Are we living life, unaware of the plight of people around us? People that the enemy has targeted? It is encouraging that God, while putting each of us in a position to aid like Esther, also gives us the wisdom, time and boldness. We have all been put in someone’s life for such a time.
Lord, open my eyes to see those needing to be rescued from the enemy. Help me to step out of my life and into theirs. Let me freely give of my time and energy knowing that I have been placed here for such a time as this.
Amy Hassell, Murrysville Campus Connection Group Leader