Now, how does a queen living inside a kingdom with a king not know about a decree that took nearly two years to put into effect? Well, queens had their own things back then, I guess, and there weren’t any TVs, so I’ll just have to accept the fact that Queen Esther was kept in the dark for the most part. I don’t mean literally kept in the dark. It sounds like she was treated pretty well. And by her reaction to Mordecai’s request for her to approach the queen on behalf of the Jews, we can see there was a sort of mutual respect between Esther and her husband.
We know from the first few chapters that the king was a socialite and had a bit of a soft heart. But, also, he had a tough side. And Esther by this time is well aware that her husband is about 50/50 on any given day. In other words, you never really knew how he was going to react. So, here we are at the end of Chapter 4 left wondering how the king will react when Esther approaches him. And remember, she’s not just going to approach him and say, “Please don’t kill off this people group.” She’s going to have to tell her husband, “I am part of that people group.”
Today’s chapter also highlights one of the most famous Scriptures in the Bible. My husband walked in just as I was finishing reading and was wiping the tears from my eyes. I CANNOT read those last few lines without tearing up. I am going to type out the end of verse 14 just to impress this Scripture on our hearts a little more:
“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
Writing prompt: for just such a time as this
Write about a time when you were in the right place at the right time.