Able Church Message:
God Uses Ordinary People
by Pastor Tim Mandich
Our message in the book of Esther from last week was filled with suspense as to how would our two hero’s Esther and Mordecai would find the help they needed to get out of this jam created by Haman, the villain of our story. We talked last week on how satan was at work through our villain or bad guy Haman, much like the serpent did in the garden of Eden and deceived Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. From Genesis on, Satan has been trying to destroy man as God’s creation ever since and especially the Jews – who are God’s chosen people. When we left off our story from last week, we discussed a few things that I’ll recap with these bullet points.
- Queen Vashti was taken from her position as queen because she refused to parade herself in front of the men of the Kingdom at a banquet they were having.
- The King under the advice of his wise men went on a search for a new queen and Esther was selected as that replacement.
- We also know that Mordechai, Esther’s uncle did a huge, good thing when he discovered a plot to murder of the King by two of his servants and reported it to queen Esther so the King could be saved.
- Lastly, we discovered the plan that our villain or bad guy Haman schemed up a plan to have the Jews killed by the people of the Kingdom and pay them for it. A decree or order by the King went out all across the Kingdom announcing this new decision.
And now today we are in Chapter 4 of Esther where Mordecai queen Esther’s uncle one of the Jewish heroes of our story has just found our that Haman has devised this evil plan to destroy the Jews.
Esther 4:1-3 (NLT) When Mordecai learned about all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on burlap and ashes, and went out into the city, crying with a loud and bitter wail. 2 He went as far as the gate of the palace, for no one was allowed to enter the palace gate while wearing clothes of mourning. 3 And as news of the king’s decree reached all the provinces, there was great mourning among the Jews. They fasted, wept, and wailed, and many people lay in burlap and ashes.
When queen Esther found out about Mordecai putting on mourning clothing and entering the palace gate she was fearful he would be imprisoned because to mourn and weep publicly in the presence of the king was considered against the law of that land. So, Esther had her servant go to find out what was troubling Mordecai that he was mourning like this. It was through that conversation between Mordecai and her servant that queen Esther learned what was going on and the evil that was planned for the killing of her fellow Jews.
Queen Esther didn’t know what to do. Her uncles pleaded for her to go to the king with this but she feared reaching out to the King could cost queen Esther her life. But Mordecai was a wise man and he said to the queen these words which we often hear spoken with the book of Esther.
Esther 4:13-14 (NLT) Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
And here is our main point for tonight’s message. Mordecai brings out a point we all can learn from. He tells queen Esther If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
In today’s story we are being told that God is in charge of all things in this world. When bad people like Haman come along and threaten us, we can react in two ways.
- We can panic faithlessly asking God why me? OR
- We can pray in faith and ask God to intervene and rescue us and help us with our situation.
God often answers prayers for help by sending faith-filled people our way to help us figure out what we can do to get to a better place. The people who are the rescuers are much like Mordecai and queen Esther of our story. If we are open to being used of God, He will use us to bless other people and rescue them from their difficulty. Are you open to be used and blessed by God? Trust is the key that opens the doors to many of the most troubling circumstances of our lives and others around us. Try trusting God today and tune into our streaming message this Friday on the Able Church Facebook page to get more of our story of queen Esther and Mordecai.