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The Great Resolve.

The Great Resolve.

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" And if I perish, I perish." — Esther 4:16.

" And if I perish, I perish." — Esther 4:16.

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Published by: glennpease on Jul 12, 2013
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THE GREAT RESOLVE.BY WILLARD PRESTO, D,D." And if I perish, I perish." — Esther 4:16.This is the language of almost expiring hope. Itis, at least, expressive of a determination to make alast effort. It implies the hazard and imminent perilof that which is viewed as of the highest importance.o slight occasion could prompt its utterance. Yetsuch an emergency is of no uncommon occurrence. Menare not seldom reduced to straits when only one hopeof relief remains, and that a trembling one ; when onlyone effort seems to promise success^ and that of doubt-ful issue.And these were the circumstances in which that in-dividual was placed who uttered the words of my text :they were the words of Esther the Queen, the wife of Ahasuerus, King of Persia, and uttered on an occasionof most painful interest to her and her nation ; for shewas a Jewess : but this was not known to Ahasuerusat the time she became his wife. The circumstancesin wdiich she was placed, here referred to, were brieflythese :There was in Shushan, the palace, a certain Jew,SERMO V. 99whose name was Mordecai, in what capacity we arenot informed. But he was the cousin of Esther, theQueen. Indeed, he was much more than tliat; forher father and mother being dead, Mordecai took herto his own house, and brought her up as his own
daughter. Of this fact, however, the King was evi-dently ignorant. or did he know the nation orrehgion of his wife.There was also another man, who had been raised tohigh honor at that court, whose name was Haman ;and because he did not receive those marks of respectfrom Mordecai to which he felt himself entitled, hesought to revenge himself on him by inducing theKing, by most false and foul means, to issue a decreefor the destruction of all the Jews within his exten-sive dominions. The day was fixed for carrying thatcruel edict into execution throughout his one hundredand twenty-seven provinces, and all the necessary ar-rangements were made for that purpose. That daywas near at hand. Of all these proceedings was Estherignorant, till informed by her kinsman Mordecai,through one of her attendants. To avert this cala-mity, an immediate repeal of the decree was indis-pensable, for the Jews had no means of defendingthemselves.But who had sufficient influence with the King toprocure its repeal ? To whom could they look withas much confidence or any hope of success as tothe Queen ? And yet when applied to, to intercede100 SERMOX V.with the King in behalf of the Jews, her reply wasthe following : " All the King's servants, and the peo-ple of the King's provinces, do know, that whosoever,whether man or woman, shall come unto the King, intothe inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom theKing shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he maylive. But / have not been called to come unto theKing tliese thirty dai/s."
Mordecai returned for answer : " Think not withthyself, that thou shalt escape in the King's housemore than all the Jews. If thou altogether boldestthy peace at this time, then shall there enlargementand deliverance arise to the Jews from another place,but thou and thy father's house sball be destroyed :and who knoweth whether thou art come to the king-dom for such a time as this ?"Esther could but die in either case. She then givesthe following proper direction, and utters the firm re-solve contained in the text : " Go, gather together allthe Jews that are in Shushan, and fast ye for me, andneither eat nor drink three days, night or day. I alsoand my maidens will fast likewise ; and so will I goin unto the King, which is not according to the law ;and if I perish, I perish."The subsequent part of this most interesting narra-tive contains the happy result. He in whose hand arethe hearts of kings heard the supplications of his peo-ple, made the Queen a successful intercessor in theirSERMOX V. 101behalf with the despotic and cruel Ahasucrus. Thebloody decree was revoked ; Hainan, the instigator of it, was executed on the very gallows which he hadcaused to be erected for Mordecai, and Mordecai ex-alted to the highest honors in the kingdom. It isscarcely possible to make even a synopsis of thistouching narrative. But we have given enough of itfor my present purpose." If I perish, I perish," is language, and contains aresolve, not less appropriate and essential, as multi-tudes are concerned, than in the case of her who

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