October 06, 2019: SOAP #3594:  Esther 9-10; Luke 19 Scripture:  Esther (NIV) 10:1 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 to which the king had raised him, are they not written in […]

October 06, 2019: SOAP #3594:  Esther 9-10; Luke 19

Scripture:  Esther (NIV) 10:1 King Xerxes imposed tributethroughout the empire, to its distant shores. 2 And all his acts of power andmight, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai to which theking had raised him, are they not written in the book of the annals of thekings of Media and Persia? 3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to KingXerxes, pre-eminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellowJews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfareof all the Jews.

Observation:  These three verses make up the last chapter ofthe book of Esther.  There is no mentionof Esther who became queen but of her uncle who took Esther into his home as anorphan.   Mordecai spent his days outside the Castlegates probably wanting to be close to Esther. But at the end of the book, Mordecai is now second in command, next tothe King! 

Mordecai is commended because his concern and actions were for the good of hispeople.  Like he had earlier told Estherthat she was brought to her position for the salvation of her people (Esther4:14), so he lived and served as though he had been given his position for thesake of his people. 

Application:   It isgood when a nation's leaders are said to work for the good of theirpeople.  It is good when they speak upfor the welfare of their people.    It is good when they use their position and authorityto help others. 

Prayer:   HolySpirit, not only our nation's leaders, but help me to do the same.  Show me how I can help others.  Show me how to use what you have given me forthe blessing and benefit of others. Amen

Pastor Leon
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