Monday, April 25, 2016

In Esther 5 the fast is over and Esther prepares herself and goes into the king’s presence to make her request… if he allows her to live. He does. She is heard, and she invites the king and Haman to a banquet, at which she asks for a second banquet where she promises she will reveal her true query. Haman meanwhile vacillates between his self-exaltation and loathing rage for Mordecai in a matter of minutes, and after his rant, resolves, at the behest of his wife and others, to hang his adversary high, humiliating the one who would dare not honor him.Spiritually, Esther 5 is a sobering look at human nature. We’ll encourage one another to look honestly and deeply at what we see of ourselves in Haman in particular and prepare to make space to surrender to the need for a Savior- acknowledging Jesus as that Savior!

Esther 5:1-4 - The result of the unfolding drama of chapter 4 is that Esther resolves to approach the king to, perhaps, her own peril. Note that she takes time to prepare and appears before him adorned as the queen. This is not to seduce the king but to win him over. In 1 Peter 2:9 we are reminded that we are a “royal priesthood” too! How might we prepare ourselves better to win over those who don’t know the Lord or may even be hostile to the things of God?