Revelation 13; Esther 3-4; Psalm 106:1-23
The law was so rigid. If you approach the king without being summoned, the sentence was death. The king had one opportunity to extend mercy, but how often did kings do that. Mordecai asked his cousin to face death. If the stakes weren’t so high, Esther would never have agreed. Mordecai reminded her that the alternative was the destruction of all the Jews.
As Esther weighed her decision, she realized that there was no hope unless she willingly put herself in a place to die. Not only would she have to approach the king, she would have to reveal her ethnic background – a fact hidden from her king up till now. “Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: ‘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 maids 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 perish, I perish.’” (Esther 4:15-16)
What kind of an attitude do we have when doing the right thing? Esther realized that fasting, and prayer, on her behalf was needed. Only God could change the heart of King Xerxes. So as she prepared to break the law in order to do the right thing, she called for prayer and fasting. She was willing to face death in order to deal with another law that was so wrong.
America is a great country, but there is no doubt that many of the laws we have are wrong. That being said, we can fight against those laws without facing death. Yet we don’t. We as followers of Christ must stand up for what is right by obeying God’s laws even when they conflict with man’s law. If we face penalties for doing so, face them we must. If Esther was willing to perish over a cause so great, are we willing to face other penalties when laws are so wrong? May God grant us mercy as we seek His righteousness.