All of us should be very pleased with the response of Esther to the national crisis she faced.
Her words, “if I perish,
1. When Service Is Risky . . Adhere To Godly Principals. 3:2, 5-6
A. Adhere To Godly Principals . . Refusing The Command of Kings. 3:2
2 The entire royal staff at the King's Gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman, because the king had commanded this to be done for him. But Mordecai would not bow down or pay homage.
B. Adhere To Godly Principals . . Rejecting The Rage of Haman. 3:5
5 When Haman saw that Mordecai was not bowing down or paying him homage, he was
filled with rage.
C. Adhere To Godly Principals . . Rescinding The Plan Of Haman. 3:6
6 And when he learned of Mordecai's ethnic identity, Haman decided not to do away
with Mordecai alone. He set out to destroy all of Mordecai's people, the Jews, throughout Ahasuerus' kingdom. HCSB
2. When Service Is Risky . . Ascertain The Enemies Plan. 4:5, 8-9
A. Ascertain The Enemies Plan Through . . Investigation. 4:5, 8a5 Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs assigned to her, and dispatched him to Mordecai to learn what he was doing and why. 8 Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa ordering their destruction, so that Hathach might show it to Esther, . . .”
B. Ascertain The Enemies Plan Through . . Instruction. 4:5, 8b
“. . . explain it to her, and instruct her to approach the king, implore his favor, and plead with him personally for her people. 9 Hathach came and repeated Mordecai's response to Esther.
3. When Service Is Risky . . Attack The Enemies Plan. 4:10-16
A. Attack The Enemies Plan Through . . Confrontation. 4:10-1110 Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to tell Mordecai, 11"All the royal officials and the people of the royal provinces know that one law applies to every man or woman who approaches the king in the inner courtyard and who has not been summoned — the death penalty. Only if the king extends the golden scepter will that person live. I have not been summoned to appear before the king for the last 30 days."
B. Attack The Enemies Plan Through . . Contemplation. 4:12-13
12 Esther's response was reported to Mordecai. 13 Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, "Don't think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king's palace.
C. Attack The Enemies Plan Through . . Calculation. 4:14-16
14 If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father's house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this."
D. Attack The Enemies Plan Through . . Commitment. 4:14-16
15 Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 "Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don't eat or drink for three days, night and day. I and my female servants will also fast in the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish." HCSB