Prayer- Lord, open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
The Greatness of Mordecai
1 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores. 2 And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
What a strange ending! After lifting up Esther during the first nine chapters, the book ends praising Mordecai. Even the title from biblegateway.com praises Mordecai. Why didn't the Jews title this book Mordecai if they loved him so much?
Esther, (the book-not the person,) is a little different. Remember I said that God is never mentioned directly in the entire book, but you can see His work throughout the story.
Mordecai does some wise and wonderful things, and becomes second in command of the entire kingdom. Could he have ever done this without Esther's direct involvement? Mordecai gets some props- but who was the real hero?
The last thing I want to point out is that Mordecai was very powerful, but never in charge. This is the same in our lives. God is always in command- in control. When we think we are number one, we are about to step in number two!
Prayer- Lord, We want to keep you lifted up. Your are greatness. Help us be the best helpers we can be, and stay out of number two. Go-Fight-Win. Amen