Courage

26 Mar

The scripture on fasting comes from the story of Esther.  It is one of the few books in the Bible whose story is about a woman.  Probably you know the story of Esther, selected for her beauty, is place in the harem of the king.  She risks her life to save God’s chosen people, her people.  To support her and give her courage her uncle, Mordecai, carries her message for the Jews to fast for three days.

I think this fast is a offering to God.  It is an intercession of Esther behalf to keep her safe on her dangerous mission to the king.  And Esther finds courage to risk her life, knowing her people have given up eating and drinking for three days (it is always understood that they are still drinking water.)

Thursday,  An absolute fast                  Esther 4:12-17

12 When they told Mordecai what Esther had said, 13 Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” 15 Then Esther said in reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do. After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.” 17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

There is a single-mindedness in this passage.  We have become such a diverse people, I wonder if we could ever have the kind of joint activity, particularly fasting.

Blessings and peace,

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