Women of Courage                Esther

People often have the impression that the Bible talks down about women, that it is an “all boys” club and women are subservient to the men.  Nothing could be further than the truth.

Women are lifted up and encouraged in the Bible.

We remember the Samarian Woman that Jesus met at the well and revealed that He was the Messiah and she shared the Gospel throughout her city. (John 4)

  1. We recall the woman with health issues that crawled to Jesus with her last ounce of strength to find healing, yet found so much more. (Matthew 9)
  2. We remember how Paul spoke of the faith of Timothy’s Mother and Grandmother. (2 Timothy 1)
  3. We remember how the chosen mother of Jesus Christ was humble and faithful in her obedience to God. (Luke 1)
  4. We see in the Bible many times how it was the women who stood strong and obeyed God and served Him and God’s people.
  5. We read time after time in the Word how we should treat women with deep respect, honor and value.
  6. The reality is:
    1. Whether Old Testament, New Testament, or today
      1. Women are special, beautiful and IMPORTANT to God!
      2. The Church has been blessed by the women of Faith who have served
  • Most, if not all, churches would be closed down or straining to survive with FAITHFUL FEMALES serving, often carrying the load of the men who are not doing their part – or simply not there.

I believe that one of the most courageous women in scripture is Esther.

  • Esther was a typical women of her day.
  • Esther was chosen for the King – and became the Kings wife
  • Esther heard that her people (Jews) were in danger.
  • Esther sought wisdom from a relative
  • Esther went and stood boldly at the Kings Court
    • An action that could have cost her her life
  • Esther told the King she was of the Nation of Israel
    • An Action that could have cost her her life
  • Esther received the Favor of the king and her KING OF KINGS
  • God saved the Nation of Israel through the faithful obedience of Esther
  • Esther brought ruin to those who conspired against the king
  • Esther brought recognition and favor to her family and her people
  • Esther was blessed by God for her faith and obedience

The key scripture in this text is a Word for her from a relative:

Esther 4:13-15 “Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  ESV

It was here that Esther came to see that God had a plan and a purpose for her, and she had a mission.

She garnered courage from Mordechai’s words and the God who spoke to her through him.

Esther was a women, a human being like any of us

What made Esther so special was her courage.

    • Courage to listen and be aware of the problems around her
      • She could have just said she was the Queen
    • Courage to seek wise Counsel
    • Courage to seek out an audience with the King
    • Courage to stand strong and plead for her people
    • Courage to be faithFULL to her God and HIS people
    • Courage to step up and fulfill her PURPOSE for GOD’S KINGDOM “for such a time as this”

It is one thing to know you should do a thing for God

    • IF we are honest we all know we should be serving God better
    • IF we are honest with ourselves we know that God has a bigger plan and purpose for our lives
  • It is another thing to agree with God that you should do this thing
    • We often can agree with God, “Yes, Lord I should go witness to that person, take a stand on Your Word about this or help this person or group.
      • Then we never follow through
    • It is another thing to COMMIT to doing a thing for God
      • In a time of prayer, revival, worship or FOXHOLE we often commit to what God has lead us to do
      • Only to “forget” after the crisis/moment is over
    • It is a WHOLE OTHER THING to step out of the safety and security you have become accustomed to and actually DO THE THING God has placed you in a position to do for Him, His Word and His Kingdom.
      • This is where we apply FEET to our FAITH
      • This is applying the principle of “for such a time as this”
      • This is where we tell our boss who we really are and that our Christianity and our fellow Christians are valuable, important and under attack.
      • This is where we move beyond our fears and apprehensions and witness to our co-worker, neighbor, politicians, friends or lepers.
      • This is where we grab hold of the gifts, talents, abilities and passions God has given us AND GET BUSY FOR HIM!
      • These works is what brings our dying faith to life
        • Faith without works is dead. (James 2)

What about you?  Why are you here?  Why are you in your neighborhood, in your family or in your job?

Perhaps God has a purpose for you “for such a time as this”

Will you STEP UP and be a Women, a Man, a Youth or a Child for SUCH A TIME AS THIS?