Esther’s Moment

Being a Jew, Esther was told by her uncle Mordecai, not to reveal her nationality at that time, for unknown reasons. Perhaps, it served well for the future. She was a beautiful and well-loved young maiden. Her attitude pleased those around her and ultimately, she found favor with the king. None of this was happening by chance. As this story develops, we see the hands of God in the matter once again to save His people Israel. In this seemly attractive love story, there is a story within a story needed to be emphasized; the love of our Lord God. At that same time that Esther, her Persian name, was elevated to Queen, another personality was advanced in the kingdom, who was an enemy of the Jewish nation. Arrogant and proud, Haman well displayed the saying in Proverbs, “pride goes before a fall”. He had such a hatred for the Jewish people that he cannily suggested the king their destruction. He said, there is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from every other people, neither do they keep the king’s laws. Therefore, it is not for the king’s profit to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who have charge of the king’s business, that it may be brought into the king’s treasuries. The King took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman the Agagite, the Jew’s enemy. And the king said to Haman, the silver is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems good to you (Esther 3:8-11).

Haman had an interesting background as a descendant of Agag, the king of the Amalekites. We are aware of the fact that the Amalekites were descendants from giants. The giants were descendants from fallen angels from the beginning of time, found in Genesis 6, when they were destroyed through the universal flood, God had caused to bring about their destruction. However, giants appear in the Bible as descendants of Ham’s son, Canaan. Haman had a high position in the kingdom of Ahasuerus with great respect even from the king himself. Since Esther’s nationality had not been disclosed, the king did not know the intent of Haman when he suggested the destruction of the Jews. Satan hates the Jews for being the chosen nation through whom Messiah YAHSHUA was to come to the earth to fulfill the plan of salvation for mankind, promised the first day Adam and Eve fell into sin. He tried to kill YAHSHUA through Herod when He was an infant; and continued to carry his evil plan to rid of Him throughout His adulthood life, fighting with Him not to go to the cross.

The days were getting closer for Haman’s plan to be executed, under the permission from the king. However, there was a man, a Jew descendant, who had not bowed to Haman. Connected to Esther by her adoptive father and in the natural, her uncle, Mordecai rose and reported Haman’s plan to Queen Esther. Not worried about his looks, dressed in sackcloth, he sent a message to his niece, who was worried about his appearance. She sent garments to clothe Mordecai, with orders to take his sackcloth from off him, but he would not receive them. (Esther 4:4-7).  Mordecai was the man of the hour and nothing was going to stand on his way to distract him from accomplishing his plans, even if he had to pay with his life. Talking to her through her messenger, Mordecai told him of all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Jews to be destroyed (Esther 4:7). There was but a little time for the Jews to escape from the hands of Haman. Mordecai well knew that and pressured his niece by saying, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more that all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?  (4:13-14).

Mordecai’s words pierced the queen’s heart compelling her to take the risk with her own life for the sake of her people. She decided to see the king even when not having been called to his presence. She said, If I perish, I perish! An action which carried hard consequence, even of death. It was what she decided to do, no matter what. The first thing she did was to fast and to pray for three days together with her maids before she went to present herself to the king. Her courage, not her position as queen, elevated her in the eyes of her people as their heroine. Esther, the queen that saved her people lives in the minds of all Jewish people. Every year her courage and heroism are celebrated in the feast of Purim.

Much more could be said here about her, but our purpose in this writing is to connect this ancient story to what this country is facing right now under the betrayal of her own children. A date has been set for the time when the traitors will officially hand this country to her enemies. We are living in the days of Esther. The urgency of the moment is a call for an Esther to take her position to intercede for this country. The Esthers of today are the bride of Christ, with access to His presence at any time of the day. The hour is hastening on, we feel the atmosphere getting ready for what looks hopeless in the physical world of America. As soldiers of YAHSHUA we must be standing with our feet shod and securely standing our ground. The enemy of our soul has a plan to execute before its time – one world order. God however, is speaking through many Esthers – His prophets of today, who are intensively dedicated to prayer and intercession for this country. Who will stand in the gap for America? Moses is a true example of a person who stood in the gap, when he interceded for the life of his people for their gross sin of idolatry.  Abraham, when he interceded for his nephew at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We have an open door to the courts of heaven, where the King of kings is ready to hear our cries for help. And like King Ahasuerus to Esther, He will receive us and He will make us know His comforting words of hope embedded in His perfect plan for America and for the world.

In the words of the Prophet Isaiah, when Ahaz, king of Judah faced Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah king of Israel, harassing him to wage war against Jerusalem, but they could not conquer it, Isaiah warned the people saying, If you will not believe and trust and rely [on God and on the words of God’s prophet instead of Assyria], surely you will not be established nor will you remain (Isaiah 7:1,9b). A word properly fit for us today. Believe God’s word in faith is the key to be established in Him, free from fear and everything else that comes with it. Today, we have the media-the false prophets, the Baal’s prophets. We must choose Truth and be at peace in God’s presence until He executes His plans and forfeits the enemies’. This is an evil time. It’s the time to battle the spiritual forces of darkness, without wavering in fear; it is time to pray with all manner of prayer and entreaty. It is the time for victory as the evil of this nation is exposed one by one. Let’s keep our knees bent before the Lord for His compassion and mercy toward us, His people.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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