Esther 4:10-16 GNV
10 and Esther gave him this message to take back to Mordecai:
11 “If anyone, man or woman, goes to the inner courtyard and sees the king without being summoned, that person must die. That is the law; everyone, from the king’s advisers to the people in the provinces, knows that. There is only one way to get around this law: if the king holds out his gold scepter to someone, then that person’s life is spared. But it has been a month since the king sent for me.”
12 When Mordecai received Esther’s message,
13 he sent her this warning: “Don’t imagine that you are safer than any other Jew just because you are in the royal palace.
14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, help will come from heaven to the Jews, and they will be saved, but you will die and your father’s family will come to an end. Yet who knows – maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen!”
15 Esther sent Mordecai this reply:
16 “Go and get all the Jews in Susa together; hold a fast and pray for me. Don’t eat or drink anything for three days and nights. My servant women and I will be doing the same. After that, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. If I must die for doing it, I will die.”
Esther 8:1-17 GNV
1 That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther all the property of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. Esther told the king that Mordecai was related to her, and from then on Mordecai was allowed to enter the king’s presence.
2 The king took off his ring with his seal on it (which he had taken back from Haman) and gave it to Mordecai. Esther put Mordecai in charge of Haman’s property.
3 Then Esther spoke to the king again, throwing herself at his feet and crying. She begged him to do something to stop the evil plot that Haman, the descendant of Agag, had made against the Jews.
4 The king held out the gold scepter to her, so she stood up and said,
5 “If it please Your Majesty, and if you care about me and if it seems right to you, please issue a proclamation to keep Haman’s orders from being carried out – those orders that the son of Hammedatha the descendant of Agag gave for the destruction of all the Jews in the empire.
6 How can I endure it if this disaster comes on my people, and my own relatives are killed?”
7 King Xerxes then said to Queen Esther and Mordecai, the Jew, “Look, I have hanged Haman for his plot against the Jews, and I have given Esther his property.
8 But a proclamation issued in the king’s name and stamped with the royal seal cannot be revoked. You may, however, write to the Jews whatever you like; and you may write it in my name and stamp it with the royal seal.”
9 This happened on the twenty-third day of the third month, the month of Sivan. Mordecai called the king’s secretaries and dictated letters to the Jews and to the governors, administrators, and officials of all the 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. The letters were written to each province in its own language and system of writing and to the Jews in their language and system of writing.
10 Mordecai had the letters written in the name of King Xerxes, and he stamped them with the royal seal. They were delivered by riders mounted on fast horses from the royal stables.
11 These letters explained that the king would allow the Jews in every city to organize for self-defense. If armed men of any nationality in any province attacked the Jewish men, their children, or their women, the Jews could fight back and destroy the attackers; they could slaughter them to the last man and take their possessions.
12 This decree was to take effect throughout the Persian Empire on the day set for the slaughter of the Jews, the thirteenth of Adar, the twelfth month.
13 It was to be proclaimed as law and made known to everyone in every province, so that the Jews would be ready to take revenge on their enemies when that day came.
14 At the king’s command the riders mounted royal horses and rode off at top speed. The decree was also made public in Susa, the capital city.
15 Mordecai left the palace, wearing royal robes of blue and white, a cloak of fine purple linen, and a magnificent gold crown. Then the streets of Susa rang with cheers and joyful shouts.
16 For the Jews there was joy and relief, happiness and a sense of victory.
17 In every city and province, wherever the king’s proclamation was read, the Jews held a joyful holiday with feasting and happiness. In fact, many other people became Jews, because they were afraid of them now.
Esther 9:16 GNV
16 The Jews in the provinces also organized and defended themselves. They rid themselves of their enemies by killing seventy-five thousand people who hated them. But they did no looting.
Pressures that Kennedy said courageous politicians must overcome:
1. The pressure to be LIKED
2. The pressure to be RE-ELECTED
3. The pressure of SPECIAL INTEREST
I agree with you, I want to do it, now MAKE me do it.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt to A Philip Randolph.
Public officials in most instances have to be PRESSURED into doing the right thing.
1. Realize there are multiple paths to personal and group OBJECTIVES
2. Elected officials are influenced by POLLS.
3. Political office is not simply a privilege to be ENJOYED but a high responsibility to be used in the SERVICE of others.
God’s blessings in our lives should make us more than BLESSED but they should make us USEFUL. We are all BLESSED to be a BLESSING.
W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington had the same OBJECTIVES but different EMPHASIS.
The Chinese have the lowest VOTER registration turnout than any ethnic group in America.
The Chinese have the highest COLLEGE GRADUATION rate in S.T.E.M. at 50 percent.
They Chinese have highest median INCOME in America.
If you have something to offer, they will adjust PUBLIC POLICY to accommodate you. The Chinese have made themselves INDISPENSABLE.
Proverbs 18:16 KJV – A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
African Americans have the highest percentage VOTER REGISTRATION turnout.
The lowest COLLEGE GRADUATION rates.
The highest UNEMPLOYMENT rates.
Unemployment rate when President Obama first took office in 2009:
12.7% for blacks – 7.1% for whites.
The unemployment rate Election Day, November 2012:
14.3% for blacks – 7% for whites.
The main political that Esther teaches is that people will treat you like NOTHING when you can’t do NOTHING and you have NOTHING.
Things we all need in post-racial America:
1. A new ATTITUDE
Circumstances do not nearly affect your ATTITUDE as much as our ATTITUDES affect our circumstances.
People who make it in tough times are who get up and look for the CIRCUMSTANCES they want and if they can’t find them, they MAKE THEM.
2. A new AGENDA