THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ESTHER
Esth. 4:13 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” NKJV
Esth. 4:14 And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” NIV
Esth. 4:14 Yet who knows — maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen!” TEV
Esth. 4:14 And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” NASU
Esth. 4:14 Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” NRSV
The Above words stand out in the book of Esther. Her story unfolds as every little girl’s dream: to come out of obscurity and become a princess and a queen. By God’s providence, it happened among the Jews that had remained in Persia after king Cyrus had released the Jews to liberty to go back to Jerusalem. Esther was picked out from among other girls to become the king’s choice of the next queen.
Amidst this amazing story, a man named Harman, a high official in Persia mobilized the king and the whole nation to come against the Jews with a demonic move to actually annihilate them. He did this out of envy and pride because Mordecai who was Esther’s uncle and guardian had refused to bow down to him after he was promoted and put second in command by the king.
Mordecai knew that Esther had been positioned by God to speak out for the Jews so they would not be destroyed.
Many Bible scholars believe, and I concur that this man, Esther’s guardian Mordecai is a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit in the book of Esther. If you consider the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our day, Jesus left and went on to heaven. The Father God is in heaven. But the Holy Spirit is down here with us as a personal Guardian, Guide, Counselor, Strengthener, Standby, Advocate and so much more.
When it comes to our position and our assignment on this earth from our Master Jesus, no one gives us the stirring and the boldness to step out and let our voice be heard for the salvation of mankind for such a time as this as the Holy Spirit in us does. He’s the One who reminds us that we have certainly come to the kingdom, to such royalty, not so we can indulge in the palace, use expensive oils and dress up like queens but so we can speak out for the cause of our Master Jesus.
So now, the challenge from the Holy Spirit to each of us is: if you keep quiet at this time, after our God has positioned you in the place of highest honor, anointed you as king and priest to our God and sent you as His ambassador to your sphere of influence to let your own voice be heard, God will send many others as laborers of His harvest before His imminent return. But as for you what will come of you? What will you say when you stand before the Lord? We have an enemy that is worse than Harman. He’s out to kill, steal and destroy lives. But our Master has already triumphed over him and given us the mandate to enforce His victory against that defeated foe. He has given us the Holy Spirit to remind us and to empower us to stand up and speak out for our Lord! Will you speak out or will you be quiet? You too, like Esther have certainly come to the kingdom of God for such a time as this!
Its time to arise, take your place in Christ, take your place in prayer, take your place in preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and in exposing and bringing the plans of the enemy to nothing.
Esther said she would speak out and she did. She said in essence: I will do it, if I perish, perish. No price was too big for her or is too big for us to pay for the salvation of mankind through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must take our place, step out, speak out and let our voice be heard!