Mordecai’s story is told in the book of Esther, a book of drama and power that tell of the circumstances that were essential to the survival of God’s people in Persia. It is a demonstration of God’s absolute sovereignty and power to preserve His people.
The book of Esther describes the battle between Mordecai ( a Benjamite descendant of Saul; 2-5) and Haman (an Agagite; 3:1,10;8:3,5;9:24). Esther becomes Queen of Persia (ca. 479 B.C.) but this story has historical roots almost a thousand years before Esther was written. During the Exodus from Egypt (ca. 1446 B.C.) the Jews were attacked by the Amalekites (Ex. 17:8-16), whose family tree began with Amalek, son of Esau (Gen. 36:12). God cursed the Amalekites for attacking his people and prophesied their elimination (Ex. 17:14, Deut. 25:17-19). In about 1030 B.C. Saul was ordered by God to kill all the Amalekites, including their King, Agag (1Sam. 15:2,3,11,26; 28:18), but Saul disobeyed God and the job was left to Samuel who hacked Agag into pieces (1 Sam 15:32,33). This Tribal feud fueled Haman’s (the Agagite) deep hostility toward the Jews and was part of the reason Mordecai, at great risk of his life, refused to bow down to Haman (3:2,3,5,6,13), but the grand story is we take in God’s faithfulness to preserve his people and keep His covenantal promises to Abraham (Gen. 17:1-8).
Mordecai’s life was filled with many challenges the first of which was that he adopted Esther, his young cousin, when his Aunt and Uncle died. Also when Esther was chosen to be the queen to King Xerxes (Ahasuerus) Mordecai seized the chance to become her advisor. Then shortly after that Mordecai clashed with the King’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Haman. Haman was the most powerful man in the kingdom except for the king and he demanded that all the servants of the King bow down to him whenever he passed by. Mordecai refused and Haman began to plot his demise and the extermination of the Jews.
As you read this exciting story of God’s providence you will see how God used the strengths and even beauty of a young girl to show:
• Compassion to adopt an orphaned cousin.
• Loyalty to his King (2:21-23)
• Loyalty to his God as the only authority worthy of reverence (3:2-6)
God’s Providential Saving of His people:
• Esther becomes Queen
• God’s existence and Power over the affairs of men
• Mordecai overhears a death plot and saves the Kings life.
• Xerxes can’t sleep and reads a history book and turns to the exact page that describes how Mordecai thwarted the assignation attempt on his life. And he is reminded that he had failed to reward Mordecai.
• Haman’s plan is reversed and the victims become the victors!
2 Key Verse: 4:14, Mordecai to Queen Esther
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
We can trust God to weave the events of our life for His Glory and our best. Though the rewards for doing the right thing are often delayed they are guaranteed by God’s promise.
Are you facing a “such a time as this moment in your life right now?’ Then decide to do what is right in God’s eyes and trust Him for the outcome.