In today’s discussion we are going to dissect fear, when is one time when you have been really afraid?
Let’s turn over to the Book of Esther, where Esther a Jewish Queen of Persia and by many Rabbis considered to be a prophetess is a great example of what it means to be courageous.
Esther was from the tribe of Benjamin and a cousin to Mordecai. Her Jewish name was Hadassah which means compassion.
In Esther 3:8-11 Haman, a royal noble in King Xerxes court planned to destroy all jews: “Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put ten thousand talents of silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out this business.” So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. “Keep the money,” the king said to Haman, “and do with the people as you please.” How would you feel if you was the people Haman was referring to? Do you think you would be able to overcome? Why?
Mordecai, Esther’s cousin became immediately distressed once he found out of the news. Esther finds out of Mordecai response and she sends one of her eunuchs to see why Mordecai, her cousin was so troubled (Esther 4:4-11). Once Mordecai finds out of Esther’s indifference he responded in verse 14, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for this”
What do u think Mordecai meant by the last phrase?
Eventually we see Esther summon up the courage in Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I …” With facing this obstacle what stood out to you how Esther responded?
After having a discussion with Esther, King Xerxes eventually decides to change his decision and even hangs Haman (Esther 7:1-7). He then decides (Esther 8:1-2) to appoint Mordecai over the estate.
In the Book of Esther, it is easy to see how Esther who was initially confronted with such a challenging situation was fearful and afraid and even didnt want involve herself, which is something we as humans can all relate to. Though by fasting and praying she was able to summon enough courage, with Gods assistance to later on overcome.
Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.