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For Such a Time
by Terry Barlow
07/03/14
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   Esther is the only book in the Bible that doesn't mention God, yet the reality and presence of God permeates the book. Esther was the beautiful Jewish maiden who was chosen to replace the Persian queen Vashti who had defied the king. Before being selected as the new queen, when Esther's turn came to enter the king's presence, unlike the other maidens, she relied entirely on the counsel of the eunuch Hegai as to how she should present herself. After all, Hegai had charge of the king's harem and knew the personal tastes and preferences of the king from direct observation. Hegai whose name means "meditation or separation" represents the Holy Spirit in this connection and Esther thus demonstrates a willingness to be totally yielded and governed by the promptings of the Holy Sprit, an attitude which brought her ultimate favor with the king. This attitude today still leads to favor with the King of Kings, with God and man. Only today the Holy Spirit is not in charge of a harem, a harem is not unified as one, but of a bride, The Bride of Christ.

   Later on in the book in the fourth chapter Esther's relative Mordecai, whose name according to one source means "contrition (crushed) or bruising" learns of a wicked plot to exterminate all the Jewish people in the kingdom. He is mourning and weeping, and fasting over this menacing news, and it comes to Queen Esther's attention and she inquires about it. Eventually she receives this penetrating message from Mordecai who alone knows of Esther's Jewish identity. "Don't think you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the King's palace. If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father's house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this." (Chapter 4 of Esther, v.13-14) This was indeed a crushing, bruising and convicting word from her Uncle Mordecai that turned Esther around in her tracks, set her on her knees and ushered her back, unsummoned this time, into the king's presence, risking her life, but ultimately winning more of the king's favor, not merely for herself this time, but for ALL her people who were on the brink of extermination.  The wicked exterminator Haman ( means "magnificent," certainly magnificent in his own eyes!) died on the gallows he had constructed for Mordecai, as God used the cross of the execution of His Son Jesus that Satan himself instigated as the basis for Satan's undoing.

     It is also a piercing call to us today as believers in the western world who are in the relative comfort of a palace, while our brothers and sisters in the mid and far east are suffering in such dire straits because of their faith in Christ, and as the ugly tide of anti-Semitism continues to rise, and not only are they bravely suffering but they are dying in increasing numbers. If we will boldly declare our true identity and pray faithfully for them and learn to war in the Spirit, the King of Kings, who in this case HAS SUMMONED us and continues to, will extend to us His golden scepter of love so that we may touch its tip praying in the name and attitude of Jesus Christ the Messiah; the tip once touched and the name whose nature that The Father cannot resist! The tip that bids us ask what we will as God has given us to will.   We HAVE come to the kingdom for such a time as this. We are rightly positioned for it and can be instrumental in our part of the liberation and deliverance of millions! Or we can watch that privilege pass us by and rest on others. But be assured, liberation and deliverance will finally come to the ones who are crying out for it!



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