REMEMBER MORDECAI – blog series of Growth In Esther
Excellent personal study series from the book of Esther. Be encouraged as we study.
The first significant part of our study in Esther begins in Esther 2:5-7 “Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimie, a Benjamite; who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah King of Judah, when Nebuchadnezzer the King of Babylon had carried away. And he (Mordecai) brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful, who Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.”
The Holy Spirit (Mordecai) adopts us (Esther) as God’s sons and daughters. We also become born again through adoption into the family of God.
About Mordecai, we immediately see what a God-fearing, reverential individual (Jew) Mordecai is. He loves the Lord more than anything. His heart is sold out only to God. He shows the pure love of God, not only in his words, but also clearly in his actions – especially the tender care he displayed in raising Esther after her parents deceased.
We see Esther’s life of respect and obedience to Mordecai as an example how the human spirit works in unison and joy with the Holy Spirit – permitting God to work in and through the Christian. We also see how the Holy Spirit (Mordecai) always watches out for, protects, and comforts His children. Jesus definitely is seen and becomes glorified when the Christian hides Himself in Christ. Colossians 3:3-4 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is your life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.”
We see Mordecai’s personal care for Esther exemplified further as she prepares for the chance of becoming queen. Esther 2:10-11 “Esther had not showed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not show it. And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.”
As Mordecai walked every day in the court where Esther was, the Holy Spirit walks every day in the court of our heart to guide, protect, and care for us. Then, with Jesus living through the Christian, grace precedes our steps as we joyfully follow the Holy Spirit’s lead and directions. Esther 2:17-20 “And the King loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor 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. Then the King made a great feast unto all the princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king. And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the King’s gate. Esther had not yet showed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up by him.”
When we become born again, the Holy Spirit seals us. The Holy Spirit then sits guard at the gate of our heart – like Mordecai – to warn us and protect us from potential evil temptations. Mordecai advised Esther to keep her Jewish nationality a secret because he obviously knew the evil intentions that Haman would be preparing. Mordecai was simply setting up his own plan to kill Haman. He just needed his adopted daughter’s (Esther) cooperation. The Holy Spirit does the same in our life. He remains hidden until the proper time comes to execute our flesh. What a God! Amen! We shall now see this story unfold.
We begin to also see the care and protection of Mordecai for King Ahasuerus. Esther 2:19-23 “And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king’s gate. Esther had not yet shown 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. In these days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the King Ahasuerus. And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name. And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.”
These are excerpts from my book Growth In A New Life In Christ. You can read more about it and my other books at http://www.LifeUnderGrace.com