Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lessons from Esther: Communication between Mordecai and the palace

And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai. 10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; 11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days. 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words. 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. Esther 4:9-13

Esther continues the discourse with Hatach, who in turn goes to Mordecai with the words of the queen. Hatach is the “middle man” going back and forth with messages.

Esther tells Hatach that she cannot just “go before the king.” She needs to have a special invitation in which the king will hold out his golden scepter to those he wishes to speak to.  Esther has not been called in thirty days and I’m sure she is afraid to go before the king. She knows the rules and decrees and this one is very serious. Going before the king without a special invitation could be death on the spot.

Poor Hatach has to go before Mordecai again with word from Esther. She doesn’t know if she can go before the king, it may be her death. On hearing this, I get the impression that, Mordecai is annoyed, “Don’t think you are going to escape because you live in the king’s house the decree said “all Jews”.

I’m sure Esther was in a quandary of what to do, listen to her cousin, save her people, or save her own life. 

What was a girl to do? Join me the next time to find out. 

Have a blessed day,

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