Sackcloth

Esther 4:1-9When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. He went as far as the front of the king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. So Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her, and the queen was deeply distressed. Then she sent garments to clothe Mordecai and take his sackcloth away from him, but he would not accept them. Then Esther called Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs whom he had appointed to attend her, and she gave him a command concerning Mordecai, to learn what and why this was. So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square that was in front of the king’s gate. And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people. So Hathach returned and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

After the king decreed that all Jewish people would be killed, news spread quickly. There was fear, concern and panic. As we read today, they tore their clothes and put on sackcloth — a sign of grieving and mourning. What is interesting to me is that we do not read of the Jewish people denouncing their faith, but rather staying true to their faith. They are choosing to die physically, rather than die spiritually.  Mordecail tells Esther to go to the king and “plead before him for her people”.

Today, we are seeing Christians around the world that are being persecuted and killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Even in America, we see people that are being persecuted for their beliefs. Just like the Jewish people, I believe that we are being called to take our pleas to the King, the Lord, and make our prayers know to Him. As we will see in the Book of Esther, it is those prayers that will keep us safe, not our own actions.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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