Devotional, Esther, Old Testament

From Sitting at the Gate to Crowning in Front of the King (Esther 8:15-17 Devotional)

15 Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. 16 The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor. 17 And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.

Esther 8:15-17

In the book of Esther, Mordecai has been mostly staying on the outskirt (he walked in front of the court of the harem but not inside taking care of Esther; he sat at the king’s gate but not inside, in front of the king.)  Now at the end of the book, he finally was glorified.  He got to this glory, I believe, this was God’s plan for him.  We, Christians, too may sometime feel like we are not of any importance, but be rest assured,

Our Father has destined us to glory.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Romans 8:29-30

This is the main reason that I know, we all will eventually be glorious.  However, there are a few things we can learn from Mordecai:

  1. Be faithful in small things.  He took care of his cousin, Esther.  In ancient times, usually, it was not the duty of a man to take care of kids but when he had to do so he was very diligent.

  2. The ups and downs of life did not affect him.  There were many ups and downs in Mordecai’s life but no matter what the changes were, he remained faithful and stable. He continues to do what he has to.

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