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Mar 2019

Esther 4:1-17
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This sermon on Esther 4:1-17 was preached by Robert Greene at the 9:30 a.m. service of Redemption Hill Church on March 3rd, 2019.

We are reminded in Esther 4 that what you treasure will shape your decisions and the way you live. We hope that this will help you this week as you spend time in personal reflection, talking with family, or discussing with friends or your community.

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Esther 4:1-7
1 When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2 He went up to the entrance of the king’s gate, for no one was allowed to enter the king’s gate clothed in sackcloth. 3 And in every province, wherever the king’s command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes. 4 When Esther’s young women and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen was deeply distressed. She sent garments to clothe Mordecai, so that he might take off his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. 5 Then Esther called for Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs, who had been appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was. 6 Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate, 7 and Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. 8 Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people. 9 And Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, 11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.” 12 And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. 13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” 17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

Reflect

14. “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this”

  • What do you treasure most right now in this world?
  • How is that shaping your decisions and the way you live?
  • What would change if you were to treasure Christ above all?

 
16. “If I perish, I perish”

  • Something has become more important to Esther than all the treasures of this world. When recently have you chosen comfort/treasure over what God was calling you to do?
  • How would believing the gospel give you the desire to do what God has for you no matter what the cost?

 
Esther 4:1-39; Joel 2:12-13. “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments”

  • When we have failed to treasure God above all else there is a call to repent and turn completely to Him. What does repentance look like for you? Is it simply saying you’re sorry to God for something you feel guilty about or is it a response to the glory and graciousness of God?

 

Respond

Just like Esther is called to stand before King Xerxes we need Christ to stand before a Holy God on our behalf. This story calls to each of us to be grateful for what Christ did for us on the cross and who Christ is for us daily. Spend time this week reflecting on what you treasure most in this world. Ask God to turn your eyes and your affection toward Him so that the mustard seed of faith will produce a new way of living.

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