Esther 8:15-17 – “Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor. In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday.”

Mordecai's Attire

The story of Esther is such a good one. We recently went through the book of Esther in our Sunday School class. I got a chance to revisit a book I honestly had not read in a long time. You see, Mordecai is Esther’s uncle who lived in Persia. The Jews had originally been taken there under captivity, yet at the time of this story, they had been freed to go back to Israel. Yet Mordecai and his family chose to stay. So here they were, living amongst Persians, acting as Persians. In fact, when Xerxes had decided he wanted a new queen- and Esther was in the “running”, Mordecai forbid her to reveal her true nationality.

After Esther was made queen, Haman (the king’s “prime minister”) plots to have the Jews killed and tricks the King into having a decree established to do so. When the King agrees, it is then that Mordecai comes back into the picture. He advised Esther to go to the king and beg for mercy.

Haman hates Mordecai and has gallows built to have him killed. Meanwhile, Xerxes reads over some old records and realized that Mordecai saved his life and the king had not yet honored him. So he calls Haman in and asks him what he should do to honor a man. And Haman said to give him royal robes and parade him throughout the city. The king agrees and asks Haman to fetch Mordecai.

At the banquet Esther prepared for Xerxes and Haman, she pleaded with the king for the life of her people. Her request was granted, and after Xerxes learned that Haman had plotted to kill his wife, he had him hung on the gallows that were built for Mordecai.  However, Xerxes command can not be revoked.  So he issues a new edict allowing for the Jews to take up arms and defend themselves against the army, which they do.  Shortly after, Mordecai was given royal robes of blue and white and paraded through the city. The Jewish holiday Purim comes from this time.

Mordecai is a wonderful example of a man who God watched out for. Mordecai had done a good deed for the king and at just the right time, God had the king remember it. God can weave together the events of life for our best, even though we may not be able to see them at the time. We can trust Him.

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