Esther 2:5-7 — At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai… His family had been among those who had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter.
Misfit Excuse: My chances are _______________.
Esther 4: 3, 5, 7-17 — And as news of the king’s decree reached all the provinces, there was great mourning among the Jews. They fasted, wept, and wailed, and many people lay in burlap and ashes. Then Esther sent for Hathach, who had been appointed as her attendant. She ordered him to go to Mordecai and find out what was troubling him. Mordecai told him the whole story… He asked Hathach to show the decree to Esther and explain the situation to her. He also asked Hathach to direct her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people. 10 Then Esther told Hathach to go back and relay this message: “All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.” So Hathach gave Esther’s message to Mordecai. Mordecai sent this reply: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for such a time as this?” Then Esther sent this reply: “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.
ONE ____________ MATTERS!
1. Never call _____________________ others a little thing.
2. Never confuse ________________________ for comfort.
3. His _____________________ was radical.
4. Never choose ____________________________ over serving.
5. Never forget __________________________ has an expiration date.