Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lessons from Esther: Mordecai’s legacy

And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea. 2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto 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 next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed. Esther 10

Esther and Mordecai are shining examples of doing right; they followed God’s lead, spoke out and saved a nation. Esther was not made queen of Persia by mistake but by the will of God. God led them each and every step of the way. Esther and Mordecai made the choice to follow God’s lead.

As we close this study of the book of Esther, Mordecai is showcased in the last chapter, a small chapter of three verses.

King Ahasuerus had promoted Mordecai to be “second in command”. He not only found favor with the king, but with his fellow Jews.

Mordecai did all in his power to help the Jews. They were not envious but glad that Mordecai was in a high position. He was willing to help his fellow man and “speaking peace to all his seed”.

Mordecai’s legacy is written in the “book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia” as well as in The Bible.

Elizabeth George in Becoming a Woman of Beauty and Strength – Esther outlines the ten chapters of Esther in an acrostic:

Persian decree against Vashti
Uncle (or cousin) Mordecai saves king
Revenge plotted by Haman
Intercession made to Esther
Making dinner for Ahasuerus
Favor shown to Mordecai
Esther requests her life
Ahasuerus give Mordecai promotion
Sons of Haman hanged
Testimony to Mordecai’s greatness

This is the end of my lessons of Esther. We know Esther and Mordecai’s legacy, but what is our legacy to our family, friends and coworkers? Are we a testimony of the greatness and goodness of the Lord?

Have a blessed day,

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