Welcome back to day four of Ether’s study! Have fun and ask God to lead you through this! 🙂
What You’ll Need for Today:
- One Notebook
- One Pen or Pencil
- Your Bible
- The guide below
- Say this prayer, or use one of your own.
- Read Esther 4:1-17 for the first time (the fourth book of the bible)
- As you read for the second time, think about the dangers Mordecai, Esther, and the people of the Jewish nation faced. How does Esther’s risks mimic the ones we face today?
- How does this chapter fit into the rest of the bible? What does Esther say and do that we can use today?
- Journal about the importance of fasting then and now, and how it helps us grow closer to God.
- Go here to learn about the sackcloth and ashes Mordecai displayed on his body as he mourned for the potential destruction of his people. Jot any important notes down in your journal.
- Read this and journal your notes, thoughts, and questions:
After the edict had been sent out, Mordecai mourns for the future death of his people. He acts as if it has already happened, and he believes there is nothing he can do. Esther tries to console him without knowing what is wrong, which leads to her finding out about Haman’s plans. Without Mordecai’s extreme reaction, Esther could very well have never known about the plans, and her people, along with Mordecai, could die.
Esther goes bravely into the darkness of the unknown. She and her people fast for her, for having God on your side can move mountains. With courage, she prepares to risk her life for the lives of her family, and her people. Have you ever done something extreme for your family? Did God guide you?