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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Esther 4:13-16

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"FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS"
Intro: Through an unusual chain of events, Esther, a Jewess, was made Queen of Persia.
I. IT WAS A TIME OF NATIONAL PERIL.
A. An irreversible edict to kill all Jews had been sent out.
1. This massacre was to occur on the 13th day of the 12th month.
2. The Kings favorite aide had offered an 18 million dollar bribe to accomplish this.
a. The terrible cost of pride.
b. You can't afford it.
B. God's chosen people facing extermination.
1. The promised blessing still unfulfilled.
II. IT WAS A TIME OF PERSONAL DECISION.
A. Esther could plead to the King for mercy.
Problems:
1. King did not know her nationality.
2. You do not go before King uninvited.
a. Though Queen, it had been 30 days.
b. Penalty was death.
3. Possibility the King ignored her plea.
Possibilities:
1. Keep quiet & hope she might be spared while others all killed.
2. Risk going in and perhaps saving her people.
Things to consider:
1. Maybe all these circumstances not accidental.
a. God's hand there guiding.
b. This is His purpose in having her there.
EST 4:14 "Who knoweth whether thou art come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?"
a. God has a plan and a purpose for each life.
III. IT WAS A TIME OF TOTAL DEDICATION.
A. If I don't go I will perish. Deliverance will come, God's will shall be performed. Name be held in scorn.
B. If I do go in I might perish, but I might also affect salvation for my people.
C. "I will go in before the King, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish." "If I live, well, praise the Lord."
IV. IT IS A TIME OF PERSONAL PERIL.
A. Unbeliever. You because of your sin have been condemned to die.
1. "For the wages of sin is death."
2. The appointed day unbeknown unto you has been set "for it is appointed unto men."
B. God's Word shall be fulfilled.
C. World about you dying.
V. IT IS A TIME OF PERSONAL DECISION.
A. Unbeliever. You can plead with God for mercy.
1. "He will have mercy and will abundantly pardon."
2. "If we confess our sins He is faithful & just."
3. Talking with man who had just attempted suicide.
B. If you don't call on God for mercy you will die in your sin.
C. Christian. I can seek to warn my friends; reveal my identity - they may laugh yet they might also listen.
VII. TIME FOR TOTAL DEDICATION.
A. "For to me to live is Christ & to die is gain."
Sermon Notes for Esther 4:13, 14 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Esther 4:14 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Nehemiah 1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Job 1:20-22 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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