Book of Esther: Chapter 4

When Mordecai learned all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes and went out into the midst of the city and wailed loudly and bitterly. He went as far as the kingsgate. For no one was to enter the Kings gate closed in sackcloth. In each and every province where the command and decree of the king came, there was great morning among the Jews with fasting, weeping and wailing, and many lay on sackcloth and ashes. Then Esther’s maidens and her eunuchs came, told her and the Queen ride in great anguish, and she sent garmins to close Mordecai that he might remove his sackcloth from him but he did not accept them. Then Esther summon detach from the Kings Unix, whom the king had appointed to attend her and ordered him to go To Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was. So Hitachi went out to Mordecai to the city square run of the kings gate. Mordecai told him all that had happened to him and the exact amount of money that Haman had promised to pay to the Kings treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict which had been issued in Susa, for their destruction, that he might show Esther and inform her and ordered her to go into the king to implore his favor and to plead with him for her people. Attach came back and related more to Kai’s words to Esther. Then Esther spoke to Hitachi and ordered him to reply to Mordecai, all the king’s servants and the people of the kings provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court, who is not summoned. He has about one law that he’d be put to death unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live and I have not been summoned to come to the king for these 30 days. They related Esther’s words to Mordecai, then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther not imagine that You in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this? Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai co assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me, do not eat or drink for three days, night or day, I in my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go into the king, which is not according to the law, and if I perish, I perish. So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him, asked 41 to 17 now chapter four of Esther is a conversation between Mordecai and Esther. And the messages are brought back and forth by messengers. Mordecai learned about the plot kill the Jews, and The targum shehnai says that the Lord sent Elijah the high priest, different than Elijah the prophet, to tell Mordecai that he needed to pray before the Lord for the people, because of the decree that was about to be executed upon them. And then Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes. tearing of your clothes was done by Jews then and Jews today. Whenever someone dies that is a relative or a close friend. Putting sackcloth on is what you do when you mourn for someone who has died, but Mordecai was not allowed to wear his sackcloth. At the king’s gate, this was a law made by the king and the temp the targum Susannah it says that Mordecai went to the gate anyway, because of the decree ordering death of all the Jews in the Empire. He went there every day to weep as long as that edict was in place, and Esther found out about what Mordecai was doing, and decided she needed to send him some clothing. She didn’t know why Mordecai was wearing sackcloth, but she didn’t want Mordecai to be thrown into jail for wearing the wrong kind of clothing. Mordecai rejected the clothing, he would not accept this gift. He would rather have been murdered at the gate for wearing sackcloth. But he thought that if he could speak to the king, that he could get some sympathy from the king. And then Esther before she went in to go see, the king asked the Jews to fast for three days, and they were supposed to offer prayers to the Lord, that he would forgive the people of whatever sin they had committed. That was about to allow Haman To execute this decree, Esther believed that it was the sins of her people that were causing this calamity to be fall upon them. Now, in order to go in and see the king, you had to be invited. If you just showed up there. If the king held out his scepter then he’d let you in. But if he didn’t hold out his scepter, you would be killed. The reason they did this was to protect the king’s life from usurpers, and rivals. Kings in the Middle East were commonly assassinated by their wives, their sons, other relatives. Jealousy would occur between the wives and the large harems and could create hatred for the king, which would cause assassinations. From inside of these harems. Xerxes had a lot of concubines and wives as well as servants probably wanted to kill him. So he just didn’t allow anyone to come in to see him. thoughts. The infraction by the Hebrew people which caused the potential annihilation was not to known to them at first. If the Lord would have sent a messenger to Esther or Mordecai before the seven day feast of the king, they would have stayed away from the feast. There must have been several violations of the Lord’s law at the feast. Indeed, non kosher food would have been served, other physical acts could have occurred, that would have been against the Lord’s law as citizens of Persia, and living in Susa. They did not have a choice but to participate. The Lord wrote redemption and salvation into the fabric of the universe. The Lord knew that even his people would have to send from time to time in order to survive. This was one of those times the people fasted for three days which was on the day of Passover, thus demonstrating to the Lord outwardly, there inwardly cry for restoration and forgiveness.