Esther Goes Before The King Sermon Outline - Esther 5:1-8

One time our church was about to go out to the square to do evangelism. I was telling a new couple what they could expect. I gave them too much information because at one point the ladies face became red and she fell backwards onto the couch in my office. After this it took awhile for her to decide that she still wanted to go out with us. However, once we arrived God used her in an amazing way. She was filled with the grace of God and displayed great poise, love, peace and courage.

This story illustrates what I would like to focus on in our text today: If we turn to God He will provide His grace to us which we are to access by obedient faith. (Romans 1:5-6 - ...through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of His name among the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.)

Last week we looked at how Mordecai, the Jews, and Esther reacted when they heard about the decree that Haman had sent throughout the Persian Empire. The decree asked the people to ‘destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children’.

How would you have responded to this?

  • Would you have become overwhelmed with fear and fled?

  • Would you have fortified your home?

  • Would you have grabbed your firearm?

  • Or would you have cried out to the LORD?

When the Jews heard the decree they turned in faith to the LORD and received grace.

What does this grace look like? Isaiah 35:3-4illustrates what receiving this grace by faith looks like. We read, “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God. He will come and save you.

The Jews were terrified when they heard this decree. But they turned to the LORD…

  • there was real grace given,

  • real strength applied to their hearts

  • and they received boldness and courage.

We need to preach to others, ‘Be strong, fear not! Behold your God. He will come and save you’. We need to preach to ourselves, ‘Be strong, fear not! Behold your God. He will come and save you.

Our text this morning is found in Esther 5:1-8. We read,

On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace. And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.” And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.” Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, so that we may do as Esther has asked.” So the king and Haman came to the feast that Esther had prepared. And as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king said to Esther, “What is your wish? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” Then Esther answered, “My wish and my request is: If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my wish and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come to the feast that I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”

What is it that gives Esther success when she goes before the king?

There is no doubt that when Esther went before King Ahasuerus she was prepared. We see this in Esther 5:1 when we read, “On the third day Esther put on her royal robes…”.

  • She had prepared herself spiritually through prayer and fasting for three days.

  • She had prepared herself physically to see the king by putting on the royal robes.

We also see that Esther was prepared for this moment in two other ways:

  1. Esther had a plan and a petition ready when the king would invite her up to his throne.

  2. Esther was ready to give an invitation to the king and Haman to attend a banquet that she had already prepared for them.

In this we see Esther’s faith and hope in God.

  • She planned for the best outcome and came ready with a petition.

  • She had already made preparations for the feast so that the king could say, “Bring Haman quickly, so that we may do as Esther has asked.