The Story of Esther
When the awful news reached Mordecai’s ears, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the center of the city and wailed loudly and bitterly. Guards stopped him at the king’s gate because no one could enter through the gate wearing sackcloth.
In every province where the decree of Jews being destroyed was carried out, the Jews were mourning with fasting, weeping, wailing, and many laid on sackcloth and ashes.
It was a matter of time before Queen Esther heard of the troubles of her people. When she heard of their suffering and death, the Queen writhed in anguish. She sent clothes to Mordecai that he might remove the sackcloth and be allowed to enter the gate, but he would not accept the clothing.
Esther sent her eunuch (a castrated man or boy who attended the harem) Hathach to see Mordecai and find out what his wailing was about and why he was in such a condition.
Hathach did as the Queen asked and went to the gate to meet Mordecai. Mordecai revealed all that had happened to him, and the amount of money that Haman promised to pay the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. He handed Hathach a copy of the edict that he might show Esther and that Esther might go to the king and beg his favor and plead with him for their people.
Hathach returned to Esther and relayed what Mordecai had said. Esther then sent Hathach back to Mordecai. These were the words spoken to Mordecai, “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or women who comes to the king, to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, he is to be put to death, unless the King holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live, and I have not been summoned to come to the king for thirty days.” (Esther 4:11) LASB – NASB*
Mordecai sent the message back to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have attained royalty for such times as this?” (Esther 4:13,14) – LASB – NASB*
Esther sent a reply back to Mordecai for him to assemble all of the Jews who are found in Susa (Shushan) and fast for her. They were not to eat or drink for three days and nights, and she and her maidens would do the same. After three days and nights, Esther said she would go into the king, even though it was against the law and she may perish.
Mordecai did as Esther suggested and left the king’s gate.
….Stay tuned to see what happens next!