Esther dressed up in her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, as he sat on his throne. As said in yesterday’s blog, no one could approach the king without being invited. If you did, he must extend his scepter toward you or you would be killed. As Esther stood before the king, he did extend his scepter to her, and she entered to speak to him. She touched the top of his scepter, and he asked her what she wanted. He told her that he would give her anything–up to have his kingdom! She asked him if he and Haman would come to the banquet she had prepared. The king called for Haman, and they attended her banquet of wine. At the banquet the king asked what she wanted again. She asked that the two of them attend her banquet again the next day, and then she would give him her request.
This was a powerfully risky and bold move on the part of Esther. She was putting her life in the hands of the king, and he favored her. There are many who are afraid to approach the great God and King, and will not approach Him due to their fear. God, though, is a God of mercy and compassion, and will extend His scepter to you as you come in faith and boldness. Revere God, recognize His awesomeness, bow before Him, but yet come before Him as a child of the Father. In this age of grace, it is always true that God will receive those who come to Him with a contrite heart.