***We will be moving back to the New Testament to the book of James tomorrow***
Vs. 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.” Reminicent of Joseph in Egypt, Mordecai held the second highest rank in the land. Unlike Haman, Mordecai would rise in rank and not abuse his power. In addition we see in this very short chapter a comment about “tribute” (tax) made throughout the land (vs. 1). Some believe Mordecai helped orchestrate this since there was no plunder in the land now that there was peace.
Regarding application…God Uses Us. What a wonderful priviledge it is to important to God! It was Mordecai who had taken Esther in and raised her. It was Mordecai & Esther who helped see the unjustness of their people and willing to stand up to the tyranny that was before them. I often mention this, but when I went to Bible College had these grand dreams of being used by God in powerful ways! I was going to die in glory on the mission field (who knows, perhaps this still could happen). But, instead…I took a much quieter route as a Youth Director of a small Korean church. But alas…God used me and it truly is important ministry! Never forget that…we get caught up in recognition and numbers and forget the true purpose of why God has us on earth. Don’t make the mistake in assuming that what you do isn’t important to God. Just keep your eyes fixed on Him and he will guide you!