Devotional, Esther, Old Testament

The Man Behind the Queen (Esther 9:29-10:3 Devotional)

29 Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew gave full written authority, confirming this second letter about Purim. 30 Letters were sent to all the Jews, to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, in words of peace and truth, 31 that these days of Purim should be observed at their appointed seasons, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther obligated them, and as they had obligated themselves and their offspring, with regard to their fasts and their lamenting. 32 The command of Esther confirmed these practices of Purim, and it was recorded in writing.

10 King Ahasuerus imposed tax on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. 2 And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honor of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.

Esther 9:29-10:3

Even though the book is named after the queen, Esther, it is very obvious that Mordecai is an important figure in this story.  Among his many deeds included:

  1. Raised Esther.
  2. Taught her what to do. 
  3. Stayed in the background to take care of her.
  4. And many other things.

Without him, there would never be this story.  Most of the time our focus is on Esther (so was his focus), but what he did behind the scene will never be forgotten by God, because God Himself also work behind the scene most of the time.  He understands people like Mordecai.  In the end, Mordecai was glorified.  Likewise, many brothers and sisters also worked behind the scene to make things work in the church and to advance the Gospel,

your work will not be forgotten by God and He will glorify you at the end.

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