“All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.” Esther 4:11
With the decree to kill the Jews given, Mordecai and the rest sit in sackcloth – a sign of mourning and repentance.
Esther receives word about his condition and sends one of her attendants to find out the reason.
She receives word of the decree and a request for her to go before the king and seek his help.
From today’s scripture, you’ll understand this is a death sentence. You absolutely did not just show up to see the king without his invitation. Those that did found themselves hanging at the long end of a short rope.
For whom would you put your life on the line?
When it comes to your family and loved ones, there is no question you would jump into action.
However, the news often shows acts of heroism of total strangers.
History now shows 9/11 filled with those acts.
Firefighters going upstairs of the doomed Twin Towers while the occupants descended.
Once word reached the passengers of Flight 93, they gave their lives to prevent the hijacked airliner from reaching its destination.
As a Christian, you see a world destined for judgment and condemnation. You know how to rescue them – tell them about Jesus. In some nations, this is against the law under stiff penalties. In other places, you suffer persecution and ridicule. At work they others might label you some religious fanatic.
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matt 16:24-25