Welcome to week two of our Esther study! Last week, we discussed the “two queens” of Esther 1:1-2:18. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the “two schemes” of the following chapter, and at arguably the most influential and remembered quote in the Book of Esther.
Read: Esther 2:19-4:17
Focus on: Esther 4:14
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
There is a reason that the phrase “for such a time as this” is well-known. You may have heard it in sermons and Bible studies, both on Esther and about other books of the Bible. These words remind us that we may have been called to where we are with reason, and that the choices we make can redeem whatever our circumstances may be.
So often, we wait for tomorrow; for a time when we may feel stronger, braver, or better-equipped for the path before us. But in those moments, we can choose to remember that there will never be a time when we truly feel prepared for everything life throws at us. Perhaps we were called to our place in life for such a time as this; to deal with the very problems for which we feel so unprepared. We may also remember that we can choose to do good work wherever we are. In our tradition, we are told to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves; to respect everyone (Mark 12:31, 1 Peter 2:17). We are called to love one another as we have been loved (John 13:34). These are choices we can make no matter our position, our status, or our place in life. We have been called to love this way, not just when it is convenient, but especially in trying times; especially in “such a time as this.”
In your journaling entry today, consider the meaning of Mordecai’s phrase: “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” You may choose to illustrate Queen Esther, struggling with her place and calling, gathering the bravery to step in and save her people. Or you may choose to take the passage in a more personal direction, reflecting on your own place in the world, and how your experiences, skills, and talents, may have prepared you for the very challenges you face. Have fun journaling this verse, and be sure to share your work in our Facebook group when you are done!