The Bible is a thick book, as you know; but we'll get there eventually, Lord willing—this is His project, after all. What effect did Daniel’s faith and courage have on King Darius and the people of the kingdom? Well, Jesus said that  "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep; Well, new clothes might work for some of us but of course Mordecai would have none of it for he knew the decree and he knew the depth of the problem. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. I don't think I have maligned this man's name for, as we saw in chapter 3 (and in the coming chapters) he does a very good job of that himself! The following suggestions may be helpful: A friend belittles someone and encourages you to do the same. How did this declaration show Esther’s devotion to … You cannot defeat the flesh using the power of the flesh. Now if you start thinking that you don't really care too much for this man, it is also worth remembering that he is a type of the flesh - that sinful nature that lurks within you and sometimes finds its way out! Here was a decree that said that one a particular day death would come to all the Jews living within the Medo-Persian kingdom. Esther 4:1-3 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; (2) And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth. (See Daniel 6:24–28.). Who was in the furnace with them? How are the blessings they received similar to the Lord’s promises to us if we obey the Word of Wisdom? The man's chin dropped and tears came to his eyes and began to roll down his cheeks. Encourage class members to share experiences that relate to the scriptural principles. As valuable as the Word of Wisdom is as a law of health, it may be much more valuable to you spiritually than it is physically” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1979, 28–29; or Ensign, Nov. 1979, 20). Esther 4:4-8 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. But those who hate me wish the worst for me, saying, “When will he die and be forgotten?” My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?” My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?” I said, “GOD, be gracious! I and my maids will fast as you do. Quotations where shown are from the King James version of the Bible. Esther was a Jewish woman who lived shortly after the time of Daniel. Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne; ), When Esther learned of the mourning among the Jews, she sent a messenger to ask Mordecai what was wrong (Esther 4:1–6). Let's go! Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears; How does the Savior help us when we turn to him during our trials? If it all turns to custard she will die. Faithful and true what e'er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life; They were jealous that the king preferred Daniel, and they were worried that the king might give him more power.) So, she makes up her mind to do it and makes this statement in regard to it ” If I perish I perish.” Although there is no mention of God at all in the book of Esther, I see her actions and her statement as an act of faith that can be found all throughout the Bible. But I truly enjoyed playing chess against my friends, especially in study hall. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. How did Daniel respond to the king’s decree? Unfortunately, many in the world turn a blind eye to the thought that a day of judgement is coming. Why do you think they were able to endure these trials? Esther 6:13. If I Perish, I Perish- Read Esther Chapter 4. He and other promising Hebrew youths—including his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—were trained in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar. Don't eat or drink for three days, day or night. Daniel and his friends refuse to defile themselves by eating King Nebuchadnezzar’s food (1:1–16; note that pulse was a food made of grains and edible seeds). by I Gordon. What did Esther ask of her maidens and the local Jews as she prepared to approach the king? Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last. Esther’s Model. The Lord sends an angel to protect Daniel (6:18–23). And who knows... that could have been your time... you could have been positioned by God for that very purpose! As punishment for disobeying the decree, Daniel is thrown into a den of lions (6:14–17). (John 3:16). -Esther Esther 4:13 : Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou … Without a word of introduction he turned to Major Thomas and said, "Major, I'd like to ask you a question. It has been said that we haven't started living until we have something to die for. King Nebuchadnezzar decreed that anyone who would not worship his idol would be cast into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3:1–6). Someone asks you to go to a restaurant on Sunday after church. So it can be said that grieving the Holy Spirit is doing things that you shouldn't do, where as quenching is not doing what you should do! Waiting On The Lord Walking In The Ways Of God. How can the united fasting and prayers of many people help us? She made this profound statement when she dared to go in to see the king who was in wilful isolation. Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God's holy will to cleave; Yet this seems to refute Paul's teaching in Romans 9, where Paul says God sovereignly elects some "vessels" (i.e., … And when at last I'll hear the call, I know I'll say "twas worth it all"; Entering the king’s presence uninvited brought the death penalty—unless the king made an exception. We'll see whether God would respond to Esther's faith and bring about deliverance or whether things will go downhill very quickly! What can this story teach us about how to respond when we feel pressure to do something we should not do? The If I Perish I Perish Bible scriptures located in Esther 4:12-17 explains directly from God's Word the If I Perish I Perish topic. Esther 3–5; 7–8. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. The word perish often refers to this terrible judgment in the New Testament. How was this declaration like the statement of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before they were thrown into the furnace? The story of Esther is one of the greatest stories of courage in the Bible. And it could potentially cost. Why do you think the Lord allowed these people to suffer such trials? Spearing one and looking at it distastefully, he placed it in his mouth, saying, "If I perish, I perish." Additional reading: Daniel 5; Esther 1–2; 6; 9–10. If God is calling you to something and you remain silent, God will find another way... but you will miss out on how God wanted to use you for His purpose and lose the reward that would have been yours  [6]  . [2] ↩  Probably said this before but I became a Christian through reading the Bible (and behind the scenes, through family and friends praying for me). [1] ↩  It is useful to think of death as 'separation'. Why was it dangerous for Esther to go in and speak with the king? High- … If I Perish, I Perish: In Which ... actual Bible story set down in either the Protestant or Catholic accounts. Esther Chapter 4 Bible Study: If I Perish I Perish. How did this declaration show Esther’s devotion to her people and to God? 1:11). They knew God could rescue them from the fiery furnace if He chose. By then, it was a written law that anyone who goes in to see the king in his … Have class members role-play different situations in which they would need to stand up for what they know is right. At the banquet Esther reveals Haman’s plot to kill the Jews (7:1–6). Rather, it was a statement of courage and faith in God. (2) Esther’s words, “If I perish, I perish,” are far from an affirmation of faith; they are, instead, a declaration of fatalism. [3] ↩  Major Ian Thomas writes: 'The picture presented to us is crystal clear, for although Mordecai had come into the life of Esther, he had not yet gained access through the palace into the inner counsels of the king. (10) Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, (11) All the king's officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that he be put to death. How did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to the decree? Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last. So, she makes up her mind to do it and makes this statement in regard to it ” If I perish I perish.” Although there is no mention of God at all in the book of Esther, I see her actions and her statement as an act of faith that can be found all throughout the Bible. How did King Darius feel when his men reported that they had seen Daniel praying? And just as Mordecai instructed Queen Esther about the one who was pulling the strings in the kingdom (namely Haman) so the Holy Spirit shows believers concerning the fleshly nature that dwells and often rules within. Geneva Study Bible. [1]  The reaction of Mordecai and his fellow Jews was the correct one once they had learnt of this decree - weeping and fasting. What is required? And what was that purpose? (See Daniel 1:8–14.) (3) And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. Oh let my love with fervour burn, And from the world now let me turn; ), What did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego say when the king threatened to throw them in the furnace? Chenoa Baptist Church. (See Esther 4:16.) Well, let's look at Esther's response. In Matthew 18:14, Jesus says that “God is not willing that any should perish”. Non… I don't think I have maligned this man's name for, as we saw in chapter 3 (and in the coming chapters) he does a very good job of that himself! The Most Famous Verse in the Bible. Average score for this quiz is 8 … Yes, I was a dork! What does all this mean for us? [2]. This is your moment. (See Esther 4:13–14.) [7] ↩  John Gill comments on Esther's abandonment to God's will saying:  'and if I perish, I perish; signifying, that she readily and cheerfully risked her life for the good of her people; and if such was the pleasure of God, that she should lose it, she was content, and acquiesced in his will, leaving herself entirely in his hands, to dispose of her as he thought fit. How do you think Esther felt as she contemplated the possibility that she had “come to the kingdom for such a time as this”? Exodus 21:26 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish… What situations have you encountered where you had to decide whether or not you would stand for what you knew was right? And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand. [4] ↩  I'm thinking of the following two verses: Eph 4:29-31 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. What can we learn from Daniel about the importance of prayer? Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done; Actually, I am only guessing that this is the most famous verse in the Bible. Yet when Esther won't act to carry out Mordecai's instructions then his ability to help in the situation is quenched. How did Mordecai show courage when the king commanded him and other servants to bow to Haman? King Ahasuerus promoted Haman to be his highest-ranking prince (Esther 3:1). Major Ian Thomas, in his book 'If I Perish, I Perish' points out that this chapter contains a useful picture of the Holy Spirit grieved and now quenched. Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, {d} I perish. "If I Perish, I Perish" examines the Christian life through the lens of an allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament book of Esther. When Mordecai realized that there was a plot to kill the Jews in Persia, he saw only one possibility to save them, and … People have to have a clear grasp on the problem before they will look for an answer. Pastor Jefferson M. Williams. The result of NOT doing these things will quench the Holy Spirit. What blessings will we receive as we strive to do what is right even when we are faced with difficult consequences? \"Labour not for the meat which perisheth but for that meat which endureth to age-abiding life\" (John 6:27). His amazing love and grace came later but initially He just opened my eyes to the problem - the decree if you like that 'the soul that sins shall die'. (See Esther 3:5–14. Mordecai knew that it was a time to speak. 1. (5) Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was. - 'If I perish, I perish'. (17) So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther's instructions. I and my female servants will also fast in the same way. (6) So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate. ), How did the Lord bless Daniel in the lions’ den? What situations today require courage for us to obey the Lord’s commandments? Haman persuades King Ahasuerus to prepare a decree calling for the death of all Jews in the kingdom (3:5–14). I believe it is a good place to start for anyone coming to the Lord. Daniel 3. She requested that the king and Haman come to a banquet (Esther 5:4–8). King Darius’s men persuade the king to sign a decree that for 30 days all petitions must be directed to him rather than to any other man or to God (6:1–9). As I read the word for the first time He just showed me that I was completely and utterly guilty and was on a wide slippery road to hell. If the following pictures are available, you may want to use some of them during the lesson: Daniel Refusing the King’s Meat and Wine (62094; Gospel Art Picture Kit 114); Three Men in the Fiery Furnace (62093; Gospel Art Picture Kit 116); and Daniel in the Lions’ Den (62096; Gospel Art Picture Kit 117). We saw last time that as a picture this decree from the king reminds us of the sentence of death that stands over the human race. Esther Chapter 4 Bible Study: If I Perish I Perish. After the class members have shared their experiences, explain that this lesson is about six people in the Old Testament who showed great courage in obeying the Lord. As mentioned earlier, Mordecai is a useful type of the Holy Spirit in this book. Alma and Amulek were forced to watch as women and children were burned for their beliefs (Alma 14:8–11). King James Version (1611) Let the day perish, wherein I was borne, and the night in which it was said, There is a man-childe conceiued. Think of circumstances that would apply to class members. As shown by Esther, we too must deny our will and obey God's call. Elder Boyd K. Packer taught: “I have come to know … that a fundamental purpose of the Word of Wisdom has to do with revelation. ), Why did the king’s presidents and princes want to find fault with Daniel? Esther 4. Prayerfully study the following scriptures: Daniel 1. (1 Pet 1:23). After having prayed and fasted for three days, she believed that her life and the lives of her people, the Jews, would be spared. Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast in like manner; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. What happened when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were cast into the furnace? Read what even Haman’s wife and wise advisers said when they found out Mordecai was a Jew. So when she heard of Mordecai wearing sackcloth she wanted to solve the problem by sending him a new set of threads to cheer him up and put a smile back on his dial. Fasting Bible Verses. 'If I perish, I perish'  [7]  are the words on her lips as she takes each step of the journey. (See Daniel 3:12.) I am having trouble understanding the concept of God rejecting some while showing mercy to others. Esther 4 Tree of Life Version (TLV) If I Perish! For example in John 3:16 it says, "For God so loved the world that whosoever believes on him shall not perish but have everlasting life." How did the king demonstrate his belief in God? When I was in high school, I belonged to the chess club. . But she went nevertheless, resigning herself to death if necessary: “And if I perish, I perish” (4:16). One of my favorite verses in the Bible is when she says “And if I perish, I perish.” She and all the people close to her fasted for three days and three nights before she broke the law and went before the king in his courts without permission. So he tells Esther in so many words 'if you remain silent, God will find another way to bring deliverance but don't think that keeping quiet will necessarily save you. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. We are back at that place now. I don't think you want that! (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were willing to obey the Lord whether he protected them or not. Haman was hanged, but the decree to kill all Jews had already been circulated throughout the kingdom. The character of Esther, representative of the human spirit, depicts that the call of the Lord Jesus on the Christian is to be crucified with Christ and become alive in the Spirit. 1988, 16; or Ensign, May 1988, 15). Let’s just say by the end, Esther became a woman of authority and she came through for her people! The greatest words in the book of Esther are, “If I perish, I perish’ (4:16). The Lord saves Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from death in the fiery furnace. But as I read the Bible for the first time, starting in Matthew, God didn't really show me His love or grave initially. If you do, you will know that the Jews were being threatened with destruction. (See Daniel 6:19–23.) If I Perish, I Perish: In Which ... actual Bible story set down in either the Protestant or Catholic accounts. 4. King Nebuchadnezzar was succeeded by his son Belshazzar. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not. There, Haman still wore the ring and dominated the scene. 13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. [6] ↩  In 1 Cor 3, Paul speaks of the Judgement Seat of Christ that all Christians must stand before and he mentioned that if a believers work is burned up, that believer will 'suffer loss'. (See Daniel 3:16–18.). Even though we are to believe God for protection and victory, we still must "bottom line" our faith and say with Esther, "If I perish, I perish." ", The Bible, in Ecclesiastes, says  'there is a time for every event under heaven... A time to be silent and a time to speak.' What challenges do we face today that require courage like Esther’s? Unfortunately you will try (as will I quite often) for this is a lifelong lesson. Each with its clays I must fulfil, living for self or in His will; Elder L. Tom Perry said: “Not only did Daniel’s service benefit the king, but because of the faith that Daniel had in the Lord, it affected an entire land. … If someone ‘under the influence’ can hardly listen to plain talk, how can they respond to spiritual promptings that touch their most delicate feelings? When Esther approached the king, he received her and said he would grant anything she requested (Esther 5:1–3). If you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Redeemer, then the Holy Spirit, as we have already seen, has come to take up residence within your human spirit, and you have been born again and God has set His seal upon you as His child. Has God been asking something of you lately? Ask the assigned class members to tell briefly about a time when they or someone they know had to show courage to obey the Lord. To help class members have the courage to live according to gospel standards. (See Esther 4:7–9.) (See Daniel 6:10.) Don't you just want to hear God say 'Well done good and faithful servant'? In response to Mordecai, Esther agrees to go before the king – after 3 days of prayer and fasting – and she responds startlingly: “if I perish, I perish” (4:16). (See Esther 7:5–10.). From the time you are very little we teach you to avoid tea, coffee, liquor, tobacco, narcotics, and anything else that disturbs your health. Knowing that Daniel prayed regularly, they persuaded King Darius to sign a decree that for 30 days all petitions must be directed to him rather than to any other man or to God. This is instructive for us for we too have been placed in God given situations for a purpose. Esther 4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. The Savior was betrayed by a friend, illegally tried, and crucified (John 18–19). 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