Verses 1-3 – The term “to cry out,” was often used in the Old Testament to describe a heartbroken howl over injustice (Genesis 18:20), personal tragedy (2 Samuel 13:19), or national tragedy (Ezekiel 9:8). While Mordecai would not get the kings attention, he did get Esther’s, which was crucial for the Jews to survive. Mordecai was not alone in his grief. The Jewish people, in every providence wept and lamented and many lay on sackcloth and ashes.
Verses 8, 9 – The courier was told to explain the decree. Either Esther was illiterate and the decree had to be read to her or it was written in Persian and had to be translated into Aramaic.
Verses 10, 11 – Esther’s first response was to let Mordecai know that she could be put to death if she approached the king without being summoned. Then she said to tell him that she hadn’t seen the king in a month and it would be too dangerous to go, again without being summoned.
Verse 13 – Although Esther was the queen and shared some of the king’s power and wealth, she still needed God’s protection and wisdom. Deliverance only comes from God.
Verse 14 – Mordecai and Esther could have decided to save only themselves. Instead, they saw that God had placed them in their positions for such a time as this. Yes, God can and does deliver us miraculously at times, but in dire situations, look at the bigger picture. Ask this question: Did God save you and transform your life just for you to live in your own little world, or did He purpose you to help others? The Bible stresses over and over, “Love for one anther.” No man is an Island! We can’t ever think that we are the only ones that God can or will use in any given situation. Many are called, but few are chosen. Why? Because not everyone is willing to answer that calling. He will accomplish His purpose either through you or another.
Verse 16 – When it comes to doing what is right, do we remain silent to save our own necks, or do we trust God for the outcome? Anything that is God ordained, will have blessings and victory bigger than anything we could ever imagine.