Esther 4 is the account of the response of Mordecai and the Jews’ to Haman’s edict of their destruction, as well as Mordecai’s persuasion of an initially reluctant Queen Esther to intervene due to the risk to her life personally. Within these verse we can draw great insights to the depth of relationship between Mordecai and Esther. More importantly, we see ourselves in Esther’s hesitation to risk her life for others- we are challenged to truly live out the implications of a completely Sovereign God, and in Esther’s hesitations, Christ’s singleminded obedience to the Father’s will in going to the Cross of Calvary is inferred, revealed, and highlighted. Esther 4:1-3 Mordecai’s mourning was indicative (as seen in verse 3) of the response of all of the Jews of grief but also repentance. What in our society moves you to mourning? How do our prayers for a corrupt world also double as opportunities for personal repentance?