"For Such A Time As This"
If I perish, I perish.
The Jews all over the kingdom began to mourn and fast in sackcloth and ashes. When Esther heard about it she inquired of Mordecai what it was all about. Mordecai sent her a copy of the decree that ordered all the Jews killed and he charged her that she should go in to the king and beg him to spare the lives of her people. She sent word back to him that it was not permitted to go before the king unless he asked for you. She could be put to death unless he held out the golden scepter to allow her an audience with him. Mordecai then reminded her that she would be put to death anyway as a Jewess if Haman’s plan wasn’t stopped. Then he asked Esther the famous question, “who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?” And she sent Hatach, the guardian of the harem, to Mordecai with this equally famous answer. Have all the Jews in Shushan to fast for me and I will go in to the king, and if I perish, I perish. Mordecai faced his test of faith earlier when he was asked to bow to Haman. Now Esther is facing her monumental test. (continued tomorrow)