Today you should read: Esther 10
It’s interesting to note that the last chapter of Esther is not dedicated to the woman to whom the book is named after. Instead it’s dedicated to Mordecai. He was placed in a position of great power and authority. I have to admit that after reading this I still feel some resentment toward Mordecai for putting Esther in that position in the first place and for his civil disobedience in showing respect to the Persian government. However, despite his mistakes, he was honored in the last chapter of Esther; for at heart he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people. If there’s something you want to be remembered for and honored with, I hope it would be this: seeking the welfare of the people around you and speaking peace to them. At heart, Mordecai cared for his church family and wanted them to live in peace with those around them. I believe this is mentioned in the same three verses that reveal his new leadership position because we all know that leadership needs to reflect that type of heart. God honors those who put others before themselves. And, ultimately, it’s exactly what Jesus did for us. He sought our welfare on the cross by taking our sin upon Himself in order for us to have peace and reconciliation with our Father God who created us.
…and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:20
This book of the Bible should serve as a great reminder to us that Esther and Mordecai are great saviors to Israel but are really just characters foreshadowing the Savior to come for Israel and for us. It also should serve as a reminder to us to see how we’re doing in seeking the welfare and making peace with those around us. Does the city of Richmond and the East and West side of Lexington believe we are for the welfare of their city? Do we want these areas to flourish, including their economic, education, and arts? Do we look for areas where we can be at peace with and help each other in? Do we find common ground that will build relationships for Gospel purposes later? If the city flourishes, our Gospel community will flourish. And we will see people in our church in similar positions as Mordecai: having great kingdom influence.
Posted by: Erik Koliser