Driscoll sermon for this passage: Jesus is a Better Esther
Boy, the king must have been pretty curious by now, right? His wife had approached him without being summoned, knowing that this could possibly result in her death, so he must have known that whatever it was that she wanted was important. She invites him to a banquet, not once, but twice. I can't know for certain, but I imagine he must have been burning with curiosity by now. He may have been delusional enough to think that she merely wanted to bask in the glow of his presence, but I don't think so. I get the sense that he was at least smart enough to figure out that she didn't just miss him after not having been summoned for a month and want to dine with him.
Now Esther speaks. Before his curiosity becomes aggravation, she respectfully makes her request. Notice how she gets right to the heart of the matter and makes it very clear that if this was not of the utmost importance, she would not have troubled him with it. I wonder what he was expecting? I'm sure it wasn't for her to say that her request was that he spare her life and the lives of her people!
From Driscoll's sermon:
I really like what Driscoll says later in the sermon as well. He says "I want you to see that divine sovereignty and human responsibility work together. There are basically two perspectives theologically. One emphasizes God’s sovereignty. “God’s in charge, God’s in control, God works it out, God takes care of it, God’s in the details, he’s got it all handled.” Others will go to other parts of the Scripture and say, “You need to speak, you need to give, you need to serve, you need to try, you need to help, you need to care, you’ve got to do your part.”
Isn't that awesome? Two pedals on a bike. God gives the victory, but you still have to swing your own sword. You can't just stand there and wait for Him to do all the work. But if you step up and are obedient to what He's asked of you, He's right there, giving you the strength you need, giving you the words to say, preparing the way for your next step of obedience. I love that.
Happy Thursday! God be with you.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Esther 8.