For Such A Time As This
by Kim Larsen
Esther 4:14, “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”
Has there been a screenplay written about Queen Esther? If not, there should be. The clearly emerging message from this book is that God uses ordinary men and women to overcome impossible circumstances to accomplish His gracious purposes.
Esther,(her Persian name) born Hadassah was a Jewish young lady born in exile in Persia . She had been brought up by her cousin Mordecai after her own Parents had died . Esther was beautiful inside and out and when the opportunity arose that the King was to choose a new Queen from among the people, She was one of the women taken to the King’s palace. Each young lady received audience with the King after a year of preparation. 6 months with oil of myrrh, and 6 months of perfumes and preparations for beautifying women. Esther 2:12 Esther obtained favor with all who saw her including King Ahasuerus. She became his new queen.
This is the part in the screen play, where the music changes, the plot thickens and intensity grows. The King is misled by false statements and issues a decree providing for the massacre of all the Jews “scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of the Medo-Persian Kingdom, not knowing that his queen was a Jew! Little did the King realize the far reaching results that would have accompanied the complete carrying out of this decree. Satan himself the hidden instigator of the scheme was trying to rid the earth of those who preserved the knowledge of the true God.
Esther like Christ puts herself in the place of death for her people but receives the approval of the King. She also portrays Christ’s work as Advocate on our behalf. You see, there was another satanic threat to destroy the Jewish people and thereby the messianic line. God preserved His people in spite of opposition and danger, and nothing could prevent the coming of the Messiah.
God uses ordinary people just like you and me; whom he places in the right place at the right time to accomplish His will. I like that.