The Faith of Mordecai

The story of Esther is well-known, and for the most part, the focus is usually on Esther herself.  But in reading the book this week, I noticed that there is another very important character who is mentioned – Mordecai, the Jew who was hated by Haman.  Haman despised him so much, he tricked the king into issuing a decree ordering the destruction of the Jews, which would have included his new queen.  What is unique about Mordecai as we read this passage?

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”   — Esther 4:12-14

In addition to understanding the times, and Esther’s possible role in the fate of the Jewish people, Mordecai had faith that God would send deliverance from some quarter – any quarter.  “Relief and deliverance from the Jews will arise from another place” – this shows that Mordecai had a deep understanding of God’s history of rescuing His people from destruction.  God’s character was so well-known to Mordecai, that he had complete faith in God’s deliverance for the people.  Indeed, that is why God has left us these wonderful stories in the Old Testament.  They tell of a merciful, loving God – the same God to whom we have access today.


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