The Greatness of Mordecai
10 King Ahasuerus imposed tax on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. 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? 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 10 Commentary
by Hank Workman
3 short verses sum up this chapter and bring a close to an amazing story of Esther and God’s providence.
It’s so encouraging to consider how God was at work in the lives of people and within affairs of a nation. Sometimes we forget that. Even when we see things going from bad to worse in the world of which we live, people being persecuted, thrown down and evil within governments running rampant this book is a reminder of God’s control despite what we see.
Yes, for sure we don’t understand God’s ways in situations such as this. We wonder where He is and why He has not acted or allowed one ruler to rise and another to fall. As children of God, we must trust Him, His protection and above all retain our integrity in doing what we know is right… acting on such integrity.
“God’s hand in history never rules out our actions. The actions of Esther and Mordecai were critical to the preservation of the people of God.”David Guzik
Regardless of what is going on within nations today, within lives of people – God’s will is always accomplished. Yes, Haman did as he wanted and it looked terribly dark as he gave in to his own skewed mindset and hatred. King Xerxes did the same on many levels. The free will of Mordecai and Esther is there too, yet they relied heavily upon God for their movements and actions. God never interfered with these people’s free will and he doesn’t do that now. Yet the overarching aspect to cling to is despite free will and how it affects people, God still has a plan through it all.
Yes, for Esther, Mordecai and the Jewish population He allowed them to be tested. They were severely at points. And as we know with the persecution that takes place today, people aren’t necessarily protected from every whipstitch of their trial. But trials are the making of one’s character, the forging of one’s faith.
Take heart this day. The world is going to hell in a handbasket. Possibly your life is completely out of control where pressures are mounting. God is still in control. He is still on the throne. Live with integrity through wherever He has placed you for such a time as this.
Esther 10 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
As Chapter 10 winds down, I can’t help but reflect on the sovereignty of God.
First and foremost, God had a plan. He knew exactly how this entire situation would bring glory to Himself. However, it is also true that the King, Queen Vashti, Haman, Mordecai, and Esther all made decisions. They had free will. It would have been fair for God to intervene in a way that coerced or demanded that humans walk in line with His plan. We see no indication of that in Scripture.
In fact, their reality is our reality. They experienced stress, anxiety, disappointment, and fear. They were forced to wrestle with the tension of a sovereign God allowing for these circumstances to occur. They were forced to move on with their lives and make decisions based on what they believed God was asking of them. When everything shakes out, we find that those who placed their faith in God, trusting in Him while they persevered, were richly blessed. Those who opposed Him were destroyed.
This is the truth of the God we serve and we must not lose sight of it. Even if your life is in shambles today, there is hope for tomorrow. Those who trust in the Lord will experience justice, freedom, and love. Their lives will be a testimony for future generations. All will know that our God saves.