For Such a Time as this (Part 7)

estherPreviously we looked at the events surrounding Esther being made queen of Persia and Media. Quite a story! Quite a God thing! But in the telling we only briefly mentioned a very important person in that “such a time.” He was Hadassah’s, that is, Esther’s uncle, Mordecai. Esther’s parents had died and Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter. When Esther was taken to the king, Mordecai instructed her not to reveal she was a Jew. While that kept secret gave her some protection in the foreign land and culture of the Persians, it would prove pivotal in the purposes and plans of God for this entire world.

Mordecai kept close track of Esther before and after she became queen. In fact, the Bible says Mordecai “sat within the king’s gate” indicating that he had some prominence. And “in those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name.” (2:21-22) The assassination plot was investigated, confirmed, and both men were executed. Then the entire situation, including Mordecai’s major role, was written in the king’s chronicles.

Let it be said here before we move forward and eventually to the conclusion of the book of Esther – the man, Mordecai, exceeded all others in his such a time and place in Godly wisdom, principal, influence and obedience. And as we will see, it literally made a world of difference.

Are you and I having that kind of impact for God in our time and place? Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth…” (Matthew 5:13a) Are we flavoring the lives around us to the things of God? Jesus says, “You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:14a) Are we illuminating the lives around us to the things of God? Jesus also says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Mordecai in his such a time is a good example for us in ours. May we too be wise, principled, influential and obedient salt shakers and candles. Amen

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