The book of Esther reads like a great spy thriller novel. This is a story of great heroics from ordinary people, Esther and Mordecai, who put their lives on the line for their people the Jews. God is ever silent in this story, choosing to stay behind the scenes moving the players, especially our two heroes who embraced The Plow.
Our story begins with the LORD moving His chosen vessels into positions of influence: his servant Mordecai and his niece Esther (Esther 1:1-2:23). King Ahasuerus removes his queen, Vashti, because she does not come when called by him (Esther 1:10-22). Soon a search for a new queen is made, in which a Jew, Esther, is chosen queen (Esther 2:1-18). God has successfully moved Esther to the position from which she can embrace The Plow.
With Esther in place Mordecai needs to be promoted to a position of more influence with the king. This is accomplished when Mordecai finds out, and reports to Esther, a plot to kill the king. God will bring this event to the king’s remembrance when it suits His will later in the story (Esther 6). For now the pieces are in place for the LORD to work the hand of The Plow.
The problem to be solved by God is presented in Esther 3. Haman, who is not happy by Mordecai’s lack of honor, plans to kill all the Jews, including Mordecai. He moves the king to sign on to a proclamation to exterminate the Jews from the Empire. The Plow is needed to counter the decree of King Ahasuerus because once a decree is written it cannot be broken.
Mordecai convinces Esther to embrace The Plow and try to save her people by going to the king (Esther 4:1-17). There is danger in this move. We have already seen what happens to a queen who breaks protocol. The danger is spelled out for us by Esther in verse 4:11:
All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go to the king these thirty days.
The Plow does not care about protocol. God is in control and His will operates The Plow. Esther will devise a plan to save the king, but she must first be allowed entrance to the king’s presence.
Esther takes the risk and the king allows her to enter his presence (Esther 5:1-2). Because The Plow is followed Esther’s plan can be put to work (Esther 5:3 – 7:8). The plan works perfectly as first Haman is hung (7:9-10) and the Jews are allowed to defend themselves and prevail in the conflict (Ester 8 – 10). The Plow leads to victory once again.
Where is God positioning you to be used by Him? Are you ready to embrace The Plow?