Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 2 - Esther 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Esther 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Truly, Haman won't ever learn. Chapter 5 opens with the end of the three days of fasting and praying. Courageously, she approaches the king, knowing that if he doesn't extend his scepter to her, she will be killed. But the king does, in fact, it seems like the king is happy to see her and Queen Esther invites the king and Haman to a dinner that night. But the night passes, and Esther doesn't say anything about Haman's plot to kill the Jews. So, she invites them over for dinner the next night.
  • Hamas leaves Esther's the first night and on his way home passes Mordecai and becomes outraged that Mordecai still won't show him the respect he believes he deserves. Once he gets home, he brags about all of his accomplishments and all of his wealth, tells his wife about the rage he has toward Mordecai and the chapter ends with Haman and his wife, making a plan to kill Mordecai.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Esther shows immense courage by approaching the king. She is ready to face her death if it means the safety of her people. And I love this about Esther, she had the courage to approach the king, but couldn't get the words out of her mouth and so she invites him to dinner. And at dinner, she doesn't quite have the courage to say the words, so she invites him the next night. 
  • As an underlying plot in this chapter is the continued pride and rage Haman feels toward Mordecai. He is blinded by it. He can't think straight...so much so that he plots to murder Mordecai.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • This chapter is for all of us who have ever faced a challenge, got a little afraid, but continued to push forward. Be encouraged. If you're in the middle of something right now, but have been afraid to take the next step or feel like you've misstepped...look at Esther. She could have gotten it all over with when she approached the king, but she needed another night. Maybe another night to pray, another night for God to fill her with courage. Take a night to pray for courage. Ask people to pray with you and for you. But then ACT.  We'll read what happens at the second dinner next week, but Esther prayed and took action, and we can too.