mordecai esther

Esther 2

Scripture

1After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was pacified, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her. 2Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king: 3and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hegai the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them; 4 and let the maiden that pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

5 There was a certain Jew in Shushan the palace, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, 6 who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives that had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. 7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.

8 So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken into the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women. 9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with her portions, and the seven maidens who were meet to be given her out of the king’s house: and he removed her and her maidens to the best place of the house of the women. 10 Esther had not made known her people nor her kindred; for Mordecai had charged her that she should not make it known. 11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what would become of her.

12 Now when the turn of every maiden was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that it had been done to her according to the law for the women twelve months (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odors and with the things for the purifying of the women), 13 then in this wise came the maiden unto the king: Whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king’s house. 14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s chamberlain, who kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and she were called by name. 15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her.

16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained favor and kindness in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the bounty of the king.

19 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai was sitting in the king’s gate. 20 Esther had not yet made known her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him. 21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those that kept the threshold, were wroth, and sought to lay hands on the king Ahasuerus. 22 And the thing became known to Mordecai, who showed it unto Esther the queen; and Esther told the king thereof in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, and it was found to be so, they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

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scripture
Verses 21 & 22
observation
Mordecai and Esther both were captives who had been taken from their home in Jerusalem. It's interesting that they both chose to be loyal to the king who captured them. Esther impressed the king and loyally informed him of the plot discovered by Mordecai and Mordecai helped prevent an attack on the king. Both of them lived honorably despite being not treated well.
application
To some extent everyone has something to be mad about. However this story shows that trying to love and serve even those that hurt us is the right move.
prayer
I pray I'll remember that loving those who are harder to love is part of what I'm called to do as a Christian. God can work it out for good.
scripture
7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter. 11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what would become of her. 22 And the thing became known to Mordecai, who showed it unto Esther the queen;
observation
God equips men daily to walk in the system of His design - to be present and clear headed. This creates safe passage in the lives of women - even in the most reckless of times Godly women are blessed beyond measure through Godly men in proximity.
application
I will list the Mordecai‘s (Godly men) who make the time and show up in my life - as God ordains their presence and dispenses wisdom to them for times in the future. When the lions prowl outside my door, I trust God in his Faithfulness has already planted Godly men into my life for a “time such as this.”
prayer
Abba Daddy, Thank you for each of the Mordecai’s you raise up to walk the narrow path and point to your grace and mercy - when the hard rain comes. Thank you for their courage and diligence in daily actions that establish a safe and righteous perimeter, thru which you grow, protect and provide for entire communities. Thank you for forging righteous men day in and day out in the furnace to be your eyes, your voice, your presence and your blessing in the lives of women and girls. We know not what this day will hold but trust your faithfulness and goodness in your army of Godly men. Thank you for blessing me through relationships with kind, clear-headed men who love you and stand at the gate of my life. Abba, bless David, Andy, Kip and Jay… Their beloved wives and their generations! Thank you in advance for Godly men in this new season… Bless Grace Community Church, Pastor Chip, Jordan, John and Corbett. Give me ears to hear your wisdom being spoken into my life. Fill me to overflowing with your perfect peace - that my focus remains on you not the clouds forming. I am your beloved daughter and you see me! I am on mission with you for a great purpose. Please lead me to people who need you and to be encouraged, today. You are my Strong Tower and I adore you. Amen in Jesus’s Name