What does a human email look like in the bible ?
Try the book of Esther :-
Esther 4 v 6-17
“Esther sent Hathak to Mordecai in the open square to find out what was troubling him”………..”Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said” …..”then she instructed Hathak go back and say to Mordecai”…………. “when Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai he sent Hathak back with an answer””……..”then Esther sent Hathak back with this reply to Mordecai”……so Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions”
In my last company we prepared high value quotations. Apart from the price, we would sweat over whether we had said everything right in the supporting letter that we also emailed with the quote. When the send button was pressed, an abort feature could be activated for the following 10 seconds. After that the quote was sent. No turning back. We hoped we communicated the right words.
The book of Esther is a true Hollywood epic. It tells the story of the deliverance of the Jewish people from extermination.
I must confess to only recently coming across a character in the book of Esther named Hathak. Whether he was a believer in Esther’s God we don’t know but God used him to facilitate critical messages (written or remembered) between Mordecai and Esther. The problem was that Mordecai was outside the Palace and Esther was inside and they urgently needed to talk about the real threat of the potential ethnic cleansing of the Jews supported by the wicked Haman.
No email, no facebook, no fax, no phone, no mobile, just a walking, talking email called Hathak.
I would assume he was good at his job as he was “one of the Kings eunuchs assigned to attend Esther” (Esther 4:5).
I wonder if you find yourself in a place where you are sharing, administrating, organising or delivering confidential instructions between people or leaders but are somewhat invisible yourself. Without you information goes astray or is not passed on and practical issues are not resolved. With you it goes smoothly and you see the results of your patient service but perhaps it isn’t recognised as much as you would like it to be. We all relate to you !
Hathak gives us a picture of faithfulness and reliability. In many ways, leaders long to have teams of “Hathak staff”.
Do you sometimes struggle to give thanks to God for the behind the scenes service he has entrusted you to do ?
Do you look with envy at those on a stage ? We have all been tempted to fall for that ! You are not alone.
Enjoy the person God has made you to be and remember, God is watching, and he will reward you on that day.
Let us give thanks to God for every opportunity to serve including being a God anointed human email if that is where we find ourselves at a “time such as this” (Esther 4:14).
by Jon Gledhill, a member of Hope Church Luton