God turned his evil plans onto his own head. "(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV), Esther 6:4The king said, "Who is in the court?" He didn’t do as little as he could, perhaps giving her a small room in the attic and using her as a servant like in the story Cinderella, but throughout the book of Esther, cf. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV), Esther 8:2The king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai.
The number of the men of the people of Israel:(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV), Esther 2:5There was a certain Jew in the citadel of Susa, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite,(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV), Esther 2:7He brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter; for she had neither father nor mother.
And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai [be] of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him. "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". the Agagite had been raised to the highest position at court. The king said, "Hang him on it! The bad things he planned for his enemies, the towering gallows for Mordecai, God used to execute him. We do get a hint of the reason in 3:4 that it is because he is a Jew. On the other hand, God did use this plan in the chess match with Satan.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV), Esther 6:10Then the king said to Haman, "Hurry and take the clothing and the horse, as you have said, and do this for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate.
Here is one example of that happening. This not only saved his and Esther’s lives but also insured that their Jewish community was spared. One person refusing to annoyed him immensely, maybe because it reminded him that he couldn’t actually control everyone like he wanted.
He delighted in his riches, in his power, in his position, and in his clever schemes. While holding this office, he discovered a plot of the eunuchs to put the king to death, which, by his vigilance, was defeated. ... /.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture g/mordecai and esther.htm, Concerning Esther and Mordecai and Haman; and How in the Reign of ... ... CHAPTER 6. If it is a reference to Marduk, this can be explained by the fact that the deported Jews were given Babylonian names to try to assimilate them into the culture and isolate them from their religion and from their past.
The beloved Billy Graham defined God’s purposes for blessings with a similar mindset: “All of these material blessings are gifts from God, given in order that we might humble ourselves, fall upon our knees before Him, and call upon His name.”2 By doing what he knew to be God’s calling on him, Mordecai was blessed by God and was placed in a position to continue God’s mission on a greater scale.
Sometimes things look bleak. (little man , or worshipper or Mars), the deliverer, under divine Providence, of the Jews from the destruction plotted against them by Haman the chief minister of Xerxes; the institutor of the feast of Purim. The first thing we learn of Mordecai was that he was a Jew which Esther 2:5-6 says “ Now there was a Jew in Susa the citadel whose name was Mordecai, the … "Entry for 'MORDECAI'". He went there everyday to check up on her and give her advice.
This small word can give us a huge clue as to why Haman so bitterly hated the Jews. Going farther back, Mordecai was descended from the family of Kish, a family name that can be traced all the way back to Saul’s father. Eventually the nation of Persia overtook the nation of Babylon, gaining authority over the Jewish captives of Babylon. He always sought the good of his own people . Tidings of this cruel scheme soon reached the ears of Mordecai, who communicated with Queen Esther regarding it, and by her wise and bold intervention the scheme was frustrated.
These characteristics embody a man who was placed in situations by God where he had to stand up for the rights of others instead of hiding in the shadows. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.
To confirm these days of Purim in their times [appointed], according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry. Didn’t bow to Haman. God had commanded the Israelites to completely wipe out the Amalekites. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Mordecai instructed Esther not to tell others her ethnicity or her people (1:10, 20). However, he instilled in her hope that maybe this difficult position she was in was ordained by God for her to have.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS), Esther 2:15Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, came to go in to the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's eunuch, the keeper of the women, advised. For nearly 60 years before the scenes narrated in Esther, in which Mordecai was greatly concerned, took place, the way to Palestine had been open to the Israelites; but neither his father, Jair, nor afterward himself chose to return to the ancient heritage. Taking in an extra child is a big expense.
This seems to have been the case also with the rest of his house, as it was with the vast majority of the Israelite people; for his uncle died in Persia leaving his motherless daughter, Hadassah, to the care of Mordecai. He was filled with rage. The apocryphal additions to Esther expatiate upon his greatness, and are eloquent of the deep impression which his personality and power had made upon the Jewish people. ... ESTHER BEFORE THE KING. One of the most celebrated verses in the Bible comes from the lips of Mordecai, when he was speaking to Esther about why she must be the one to tell King Ahasuerus of Haman’s plot. 6) that he "had been carried away with the captivity.".
Ahasuerus ruled the Persian Empire from 486 to 465 BC and the book of Esther covers the ten year period from 483 to 473 BC. When she was brought into the king's harem and made queen in the room of the deposed queen Vashti, he was promoted to some office in the court of Ahasuerus, and was one of those who "sat in the king's gate" ( Esther 2:21 ). Mordecai the Jew. And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai. His services to the king in this matter were duly recorded in the royal chronicles. Mordecai’s intelligence may not have been recognized immediately in the first chapters of Esther, but he knew what to do when handling situations involving the king. A graduate of Stetson University with a Bachelor's in Communications, Blair previously worked as a writer/editor for several local magazines in the Central Florida area, including Celebration Independent and Lake Magazine in Leesburg, Florida and currently freelances for the Southwest Orlando Bulletin.
God is moving His pieces into place, preparing to honor Mordecai and humiliate Haman. In actuality, Haman was a pawn of Satan’s in a much larger conflict dating all the way back to Satan’s rebellion in heaven against God, his tempting of Eve to turn humans against God, Cain’s man made religion, the fallen angels intermarriage with humans in Genesis 6 to pollute the Messiah’s bloodline, the Egyptian scheme to kill all male children of the Jews, the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles which Satan surely hoped would eliminate the Jews as a people. Who was Agag? Is this just a coincidence that this happened that night?
On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. He adopted his cousin Hadassah (Esther), an orphan child, whom he tenderly brought up as his own daughter. The good things that Haman planned for himself, such as his idea of how to honor the one whom the king appreciated, he ended up having to do for Mordecai. In those 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. Mordecai lived during Israel's captivity by the Persians, when Ahasuerus was king. His faith wasn’t incompatible with serving in the court. I had to put this somewhere, 7:9.
Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received [it] not. In memory of the signal deliverance thus wrought for them, the Jews to this day celebrate the feast (9:26-32) of Purim (q.v.). Faith that God would deliver the Jews, either through Esther or through another way. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV), Esther 9:3All the princes of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and those who did the king's business helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai had fallen on them.
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