Today we continue reading the amazing spiritual battle story of the wise and courageous Queen Esther, who knew her hidden strength, the God who had preserved and provided for and favored her ever since she was orphaned. God was with her, so what could man do to her? This was her secret weapon.
Esther 5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.[a] 2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.
3 And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!”
4 So Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”
5 Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, that he may do as Esther has said.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
6 At the banquet of wine the king said to Esther, “What is your petition? It shall be granted you. What is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!”
7 Then Esther answered and said, “My petition and request is this: 8 If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”
Summary of today’s reading of Esther:
- She took a godly risk. She was confident of her beauty which was beyond human comparison as it came from heaven. After three days of fasting without food and drink any mortal human would have looked worn and even too tired to rise up from bed to bath and dress properly, not to mention looking so radiant and poised and stunningly beautiful (especially to her carnal minded husband the king who had strayed to other loves).
- She approached the king with wisdom and preparedness. She expected him to grant her repeated favors for any petition but she did not underestimate the power of the spiritual enemies against her people, the Jewish nation. She moved the arena of battle to where she had dominion, her own palace, not where the Persian king and Heman (he arch enemy of the Jews) ruled. Remember? Where she ruled even her maids fasted with her for three days!
- She waited patiently for God to intervene and strike the enemy. She did not rush ahead of God. That was why she did not ask the king to grant her petition at the end of the first banquet. She merely repeated what she did the first round, to provide another banquet and let God carry out His work to save her and her people. What a woman of God. She really walked closely with God and knew God.