Happy Father’s Day! Men, I’m grateful to the Lord that you are here today. If you are a husband or a dad, having your family in church with you is so important in living and leaving a legacy. And for the ladies, Father’s Day is also known as “National Elbow Your Husband in the Ribs During the Sermon Day.” Hopefully that won’t be the case today, but rather that the Holy Spirit might elbow all of us in the ribs today. And when He does that He often uses the Word of God. So let’s open our Bibles to Esther 5.
If you’re just joining us today, the book of Esther is about a period in history, 400-500 years before Christ was born, when Jews living in the ancient Persian Empire woke up one day to the news that a law had been passed that they would all be killed. A young Jewish woman named Esther has become the queen of Persia, married to King Xerxes or Ahasuerus. Her father is a man named Mordecai who realizes that Esther, being confined in the palace, doesn’t have a clue what is about to happen. So he alerts her to the situation and tells her that if she doesn’t persuade the king to stop this, the consequences will be grave. So Esther tells Mordecai to gather all his friends together and have them fast. Then she will muster the courage to go to speak to the king. The first eight verses of Esther 5 tell us how she plans her approach to the king. This is important because you don’t just pop in for a chat with the king. So here’s what she does: Read Esther 5:1-8.