“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14
The book of Esther is right after Nehemiah and Ezra and they are all tied together. After Babylonian rule, the Babylonians are conquered by the Persians. As a result, we see the Persian kings allowing Jews to return to their land and we see that in Ezra and Nehemiah. During this same time, the book of Esther highlights for us what was happening to the Jews who did not return to Jerusalem but remained, by choice, in Babylon.
It is at this time king Ahasuerus reigned over the land (Esther 1:1-2). His wife, Queen Vashti, was disobedient so he cast her aside which opened an opportunity for him to have another wife. So, a decree was given for beautiful women to be brought in front of the king to choose another wife. Here is where Esther enters the picture.
Esther is the cousin of Mordecai, they are Jews in Babylon. We are told she is very beautiful and not married. When her parents died, Mordecai raised her in Babylon and now, because she was not married and was beautiful, she is brought before the king. And, the king sees her and is pleased. She is the one and becomes Queen.
There comes a plot to kill all the Jews in the land and Mordecai tells Esther she needs to go tell the king. However, it was not time for her to go see the king. She was only allowed to see him at an appointed time, otherwise she could be killed. This is where Mordecai tells her the above scripture.
As Christ followers we are all positioned, at one time or another, to take a risk and share the gospel with others even if we are risking our very lives and relationships. Jesus willingly risked it all for us, will we do the same today? You may have been positioned by God “for such a time as this.” What will you do with the opportunity?