Monday, January 27, 2014

Lessons from Esther: The third day

1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. 2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom. 4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him. 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared. Esther 5:1-5

The third day arrived. Mordecai and his people and Esther and her people have been fasting for three days. The fast was for a positive outcome when Esther appeared before the king. Remember the Lord’s name is not mentioned in the Book of Esther, but He is seen throughout. They are fasting before God to get an answer and assurance from Him in this difficult situation. Esther is now ready to appear before the king.

Esther adorned herself with the beautiful royal garments. She is ready and waiting for an audience with the king. As soon as the king sees his queen he holds the royal scepter out to her. He does not seem upset or angry but probably glad to see his queen. “What is your request Queen Esther, ask and I will grant it up to half of the kingdom.”

The answer probably surprised the king. “Let the king and Haman come to a banquet I prepared for you.” Without hesitation the king and Haman go to the banquet that Esther already had prepared.

Join me the next time to find out about the special feast that was ready.

Have a blessed day,

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