“Everyone who works for the king here, and even the people out in the provinces, knows that there is a single fate for every man or woman who approaches the king without being invited: death. The one exception is if the king extends his gold scepter; then he or she may live. And it’s been thirty days now since I’ve been invited to come to the king.”
Mordecai exhorted her:
“Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.”
Esther sent back her answer to Mordecai:
“Go and get all the Jews living in Susa together. Fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days, either day or night. I and my maids will fast with you. If you will do this, I’ll go to the king, even though it’s forbidden. If I die, I die.”
Mordecai left and carried out Esther’s instructions.
Mordecai submitted to her too.
She obeyed, prepared her heart, and went to the inner court, standing, where the King could see her. She waited, and when he saw her, he was pleased, so he extended his scepter. But still she approached him with reverential fear, honor and respect. She also did not ask for what she wanted right away either, she just asked him to dinner.
Fasting caused her flesh to be submitted to the Holy Spirit and gave the Jews power to overcome the enemy. She also gained more favor with the King.
Through it all, Haman’s plans to kill the Jews was exposed, and he was hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. He was another one that was not submissive, like Vashti. He was full of guile, trying to make a position for himself. He wanted all the glory. He hated Mordecai because he would not bow to him, but Mordecai obeyed God’s laws. In the end, Mordecai was honored and promoted by the King to 2nd in command.
Mordecai was always a good man, so good, that he took in his orphaned cousin and cared for her. His heart was to honor God, help Esther and his people.
Together, the two of them were able to save the Jews, giving them back their freedom by allowing them the right to defend themselves, and many were converted to Judaism. So much so, it became dangerous not to be a Jew!
God is always looking for people He can promote to lead. Submission to those with wisdom that are called to lead or have wisdom for you, putting others above yourself, crucifying your flesh, and having godly character…
many are called, but few are chosen.