Estudo das Escrituras: Jejum
O profeta bíblico Esdras proclamou um jejum para “pedir a Deus” por Sua ajuda.
- Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
- For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
- So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
- Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.
Ester, a esposa judia de um rei pagão, desejou aliviar alguns dos encargos que haviam sido colocados sobre os ombros de seu povo. Ela decidiu falar com o rei, mas temia que ele iria ficar com raiva. Ester pediu que os judeus jejuassem que Deus iria protegê-la.