We are closing the series on the Book of Esther, and today finds us in Esther 10. It has been a tremendous blessing to go through this book at a slow pace and to stop and allow the Holy Spirit to guide my studies. I am so glad that you decided to join me, and that I have been able to share my thoughts with you. If you missed a post, you can follow this link to the complete series.
Esther 10 Background
Esther 10 provides an epilogue on Mordecai. After all the events described in the Book of Esther, Mordecai becomes the second most important person in all of Persia, next to only King Ahasuerus. He became famous among the Jews. And Mordecai continued to seek good for the Jews and protect their welfare.
4 Lessons from the Life of Mordecai
- Be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6). God is in control. He is provident over every situation that unfolds in our lives and the life of the church.
- Stay steadfast in the faith at difficult times (1 Peter 5:9). Mordecai’s faith in God did not waver. He mourned for his people when he learned of Haman’s plans to annihilate the Jews, but he responded in grief not disdain toward God. We see more of Mordecai’s trust in God in his response to Esther, where he tells her that the deliverance of the Jews will come from another way if she refuses to help. To him, it was not a question of whether the Jews would perish without Esther’s help. Rather, he reasoned that she might have been placed in her position for this purpose, and he cautioned her against fearing man above God.
- Do not bow in idol worship or displace the fear of God (Matthew 10:28). In the initial interaction between Haman and Mordecai where Mordecai refused to bow before him, the reason for Mordecai’s objection was not stated. However, as we learn more about Haman, it became clear that Haman desired to be worshiped. He wanted the acclaim of all, including Jews whose worship is reserved to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
- Remain steadfast in character (Philippians 1:27). Unlike Haman whose pride and contempt only increased with fame and popularity, Mordecai remained humble. His allegiance to the people of God remained intact even as he rose in rank.
It’s interesting that the epilogue provided in Chapter 10 talks about the life of Mordecai following the destruction of the enemies of the Jews. It would not be wrong to anticipate that the book would conclude with the life of Esther.
I however believe that this conclusion serves as a wonderful reminder that the Book of Esther, as is also the case with the other 65 books of the Bible, is not about a hero or heroine, but about God. He is the righteous, eternal God who interceded on behalf of the Jews living in Persia. Esther and Mordecai were instruments of His grace, mercy and justice. The story is much greater than their individual lives, and while we learned a lot from their character, we are reminded that God can work in us the same qualities that we see in them.
- What other lessons did you learn from reading the Book of Esther?
- How have you grown in your relationship with God as a result?
I want to share the following verses with you, and pray that we can imprint them on our hearts and remember them in difficult seasons of our lives:
Philippians 4:4-7, which states,
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Weekly Challenge: Christian Character
Write 3 qualities that you would like to emulate from the characters in the book of Esther.