Let's Talk About God's Present Timing

by Rose Taylor

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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GOD'S PRESENT TIMING

Esther 4:10-14

In reply Esther ordered Hathach to tell Mordecai: 11 “All the king’s officials and the people in his provinces know that there’s a single law in a case like this. Any man or woman who comes to the king in the inner courtyard without being called is to be put to death. Only the person to whom the king holds out the gold scepter may live. In my case, I haven’t been called to come to the king for the past thirty days.”

12 When they told Mordecai Esther’s words, 13 he had them respond to Esther: “Don’t think for one minute that, unlike all the other Jews, you’ll come out of this alive simply because you are in the palace. 14 In fact, if you don’t speak up at this very important time, relief and rescue will appear for the Jews from another place, but you and your family will die. But who knows? Maybe it was for a moment like this that you came to be part of the royal family.”

 

Key Verse:

In fact, if you don’t speak up at this very important time, relief and rescue will appear for the Jews from another place, but you and your family will die. But who knows? Maybe it was for a moment like this that you came to be part of the royal family.—Esther 4:14

 

Commentary:

Queen Esther faced a difficult decision. In order to save her people (the Jews), she would have to reveal her heritage that had been kept secret even from her husband the king. Esther was hesitant for good reason. To approach the king without being invited could result in her death. Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, asked her to consider that she may have become a member of the royal family for this moment in time and for this particular purpose—to aid her people.

 

Questions to discuss:

What do you think you might have done in Esther’s situation?

Do you think Mordecai’s comments would have given you courage?

Have you ever felt divinely purposed for a certain time or situation?

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