Devotional, Esther, Old Testament

Esther and Mordecai: Two Are Better Than One (Esther 2:19-23 Devotional)

19 Now when the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai was sitting at the King’s gate. 20 Esther had not made known her kindred or her people, as Mordecai had commanded her, for Esther obeyed Mordecai just as when she was brought up by him. 21 In those days, as Mordecai was sitting at the King’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the King’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 And this came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the King in the name of Mordecai. 23 When the affair was investigated and found to be so, the men were both hanged on the gallows. And it was recorded in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the King.

ESTHER 2:19-23 ESV 

It was perfect teamwork between Mordecai and Esther! While Mordecai received the assassination conspiracy at the King’s gate, he told Queen Esther, and Esther told the King in the name of Mordecai. Together, they saved the King’s life, and it was recorded in the book of Chronicles in the King’s presence.

Esther’s story wouldn’t have been complete without Mordecai. Mordecai was her cousin and adopted father. Being the Queen living in the palace could be glamorous looking from the outside, but inside the King’s harem could be stern and lonely. The competition and jealousy among women would have made it hard to bring true friendship and a faithful relationship.   Having Mordecai being on Esther’s side and looking out for her was godsent. Mordecai was Esther’s caring father, trusted counsel, and support. And Esther remained faithful and obedient to Mordecai even after being crowned queen. They worked together as a family, as partners, and as a team. They saved the King’s life, and God would use their partnership to bring salvation to His people and fulfill His plan. Most importantly,  God gave Esther and Mordecai a companion. They were not alone.  

Two are better than one,  because they have a good return for their labor.

Ecclesiastes 4:9

If you ever felt lonely and longed for a companion, that is because God carefully designed us this way – to desire a companion, a family, a team. We are made in God’s image, and God Himself is a team of three, and no wonder He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone…” So give thanks today for the family, friends, teams, and partners whom God placed around you! They are gifts from the hidden God to keep you accompanied on this journey. At the same time, also humbly ask the Lord how you can be a good companion for others. Like Mordekai being there for Esther, be the companion to care, protect, give wise counsel, and keep others accountable. And like Esther honoring Mordekai, be the companion to respect and listen.  

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Dear Lord, you never forsake us. Though we cannot see you, we know you are here, and your love is true because you have surrounded us with many loving people. Thank you for giving us family, friends, and teammates. Help us experience the joy of companionship, build up our character, and help us be good companions.  

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