Text: Esther 5, Hebrews 4:14-16, Ephesians 3:11-12
“If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my wish and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come to the feast that I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”
– Esther 5:8
It is amazing to me how many symbols are woven throughout the book of Esther that point to Jesus Christ. Though God is never mentioned, time and again we see His plan and purpose in the midst of what could simply be regarded as a good read.
Esther waits until the third day, after fasting, to go to the king (Luke 24:46, 1 Corinthians 15:4). She adorns herself in royal robes (Isaiah 61:10). Though her husband has not called for her in 30 days, a sign of coolness towards her, she goes boldly before the king with a request which could cost her life (Hebrews 4:16).
Each of these moments, as Esther waits to hear her fate from a man who has been displeased with far less from a wife (Vashti before her), points to Christ and our relationship with the True King through Him. We can go before our Lord, asking boldly and without hesitation, because Christ stands in righteousness that covers our sin (1 Corinthians 1:30)!
Even with her life spared, the golden scepter given, half the kingdom offered, and Haman and the king at the feast—Esther does something I find extraordinary. The king again asks her what she wants. And Esther asks him to come back tomorrow.
Why is this? She has her king there, willing to give her anything, while the man who would wipe out her entire race is sitting beside her. They are happy and content. This is the time.
If we see one repeated detail about Esther, it is her ability to be patiently obedient. She never rushes. She fasts, waits, thinks, asks. We aren’t told why she waits another day to ask the king to spare her people, but in these moments where the entire fate of the Jews hung in the balance, God was there. He’d ordained this plan so far, and as bold as Esther had been, she understands this was not the right time. Risking wrath, her royal position, and her life a second time, she asks for a delay. In the next day, everything comes together. The king realizes fully what Haman has done, and Haman’s downfall is complete.
Esther was not only brave enough to wait, she was bold enough to ask a second time. She went before a king who’d earned a reputation for his bad temper and rash judgments, and she asked the impossible. How much more confidence should we have in approaching a King who loves us and has given everything for us to be welcome before His throne?
“Esther came to a proud imperious man; we come to the God of love and grace.”
- Matthew Henry
Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
- Hebrews 4:16, HCSB