A young Jewish woman named Esther is the Queen of Babylon. She learns of a plan to exterminate the Jewish people. She calls everyone to fast for three days.
Here is the key Bible verse:
Esther 4:16. Go, gather together all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day. I and my maidens will also fast the same way. Then I will go in to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.
Queen Esther is a mighty hero of the faith. At this point in the narrative, all the Jews on earth were about to be executed. She devises a bold plan to save the Jews. She would save all the Jews on earth, all at once. But the risk to her would be very great.
fast for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day. Queen Esther calls all Jews everywhere to embark on a total fast for three days. This is called a Dry Fast.
if I perish, I perish. Then, emboldened by the fasting, Queen Esther will enact her plan, no matter what the consequences to herself.
For more on Esther, see our study of the Book of Esther.
Fasting is only for those who are medically capable. Check with your health care provider. Experts say you need to be under the supervision of a doctor during the time of a fast.
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