Women in the Bible
Lesson Thirteen: by turtle

This next lesson is perhaps the hardest to grasp. USA is a land of freedom and
opportunity. It is a place of freedom of religion and speech, yet not always have
all had this basic right. In fact when our freedom is taken away it does mean we
never had it to begin with. It means as long as one was doing well and obeying the
rules and did not speak out one would do fine. Esther family could not obey this
one rule of worshipping a man. Could not bow to a man. Mordecai and many
others began to weep and mourn for their impeding death. They wept for the
nation as well as their people. No doubt this caused a disturbance. This brought
much distress to Esther and she sent a maid to find out why Mordecai wept and
fasted.

Esther 4:1-9 KJV
(1)  When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and
put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried
with a loud and a bitter cry;
(2)  And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's
gate clothed with sackcloth.
(3)  And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree
came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and
wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
(4)  So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the
queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take
away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.
(5)  Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had
appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to
know what it was, and why it was.
(6)  So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before
the king's gate.
(7)  And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of
the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews,
to destroy them.
(8)  Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at
Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to
charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him,
and to make request before him for her people.
(9)  And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

The King command annihilation for all the Jews. This caused Esther stress, but
she knew she was in position to do something, yet the rules were clear she could
not go before the king without being requested, or the Kings scepter be held out
to her, so she sent word back to Mordecai to have all the Jews fast and pray.

Esther 4:10-17 KJV
(10)  Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto
Mordecai;
(11)  All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that
whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court,
who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom
the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been
called to come in unto the king these thirty days.
(12)  And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
(13)  Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that
thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.
(14)  For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there
enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and
thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to
the kingdom for such a time as this?
(15)  Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
(16)  Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for
me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will
fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law:
and if I perish, I perish.
(17)  So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had
commanded him.

One must consider what was it like to fast for three days knowing it might be your
last chance of survival. To know that only if you prayed and begged you might
have a chance to plead for a reprieve. Yet the law was stated as such that all would
die by the law. Oh how precious is the blood of Jesus that took away our
punishment of sin and death. See even under the law of the land if you break it,
God can abolishes those laws that are against God and in the next lesson we will
see that, but for now lets look a little deeper at the Christian perspective.

Law of sin in the Bible that is against God we all break at sometime or another.
We even break the law of sin in the old testament and are punishable by that sin,
until God made the way through Christ.

Romans 8:1-5 KJV
(1)  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(2)  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law
of sin and death.
(3)  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God
sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in
the flesh:
(4)  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(5)  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that
are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

The law that God established He broke so we could have eternal life if we would
believe. In other words Jesus came so that we could have life. That even so our
imperfections would be cleared. That however does not mean if we broke the law
of the land that we would not be punishable by it. For example: if a killer gets
saved, he is still punishable by the law of the land, but not by the law of God. A
conviction of a crime of killing is death in some states and a life sentence in other
states. The fact remains killing is wrong in God's eyes and the land's. The why is
God able to forgive it? Because God's mercy is not man's mercy. Man's mercy to
forgive and forget is harder. The human is not perfect and is known to do
something again if not corrected. God corrects and punishes his children.

Hebrews 12:5-14 KJV
(5)  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto
children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when
thou art rebuked of him:
(6)  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he
receiveth.
(7)  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he
whom the father chasteneth not?
(8)  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye
bastards, and not sons.
(9)  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave
them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of
spirits, and live?
(10)  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he
for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
(11)  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them
which are exercised thereby.
(12)  Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
(13)  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out
of the way; but let it rather be healed.
(14)  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the
Lord:

Something as Christians we can be assured of if we love Him He will defend us. If
we love and obey Him he will abolish the law that would kill us. We sometimes
must be patient and know God will oversee and do His will in our lives and the
lives of others. Our faith in Jesus will stand until the end of His return. We must
pray for those that are suffering because they hate Christians. Many Christians
today are persecuted along with the Jews. These are God's chosen people. One
must defend and protect them to be blessed.