As the story continues we see that Esther gets the favor of Xerxes so much that he announced a national holiday in her honor. Mordecai became a palace official and Esther continued to keep her nationality a secret. Esther 2:19 Even after all the young women had been transferred to the second harem and Mordecai had become a palace official, 20 Esther continued to keep her family background and nationality a secret. She was still following Mordecai’s directions, just as she did when she lived in his home.
Here is an account of Mordecai's loyalty to King Xerxes and how it led to a good thing for the Jews later on. Esther 2:21 One day as Mordecai was on duty at the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthana and Teresh—who were guards at the door of the king’s private quarters—became angry at King Xerxes and plotted to assassinate him.22 But Mordecai heard about the plot and gave the information to Queen Esther. She then told the king about it and gave Mordecai credit for the report.23 When an investigation was made and Mordecai’s story was found to be true, the two men were impaled on a sharpened pole.
The king promoted a man by the name of Haman and he hated the Jews and found out from some of his servants that Mordecai was a Jew and his hatred was worsened when Mordecai would not bow when he rode by him as others did. Mordecai refused to bow and Haman made plans to kill all Jews in their kingdom and brought the plan to King Xerxes the king signed off on it and agreed, not knowing that his lovely Esther was a Jew.
Mordecai hears of the decree and he goes about in mourning, wailing loudly about what was about to happen. Esther hears of Mordeca's mourning and tries to get him to stop, but Mordecai would not quit and when she hears of what is going to happen to her people she asks for Mordecai's advice. Mordecais advises her to go to the king and ask him to change the decree even though it is sure death to approach the king without being summoned first and reminds her that she would be killed even though she is in the palace. The following are well-known words from Esther that have fueled Christians of today to take a stand for the gospel. Esther 4:13 Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed.14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Time to take a stand and Esther knows it.
Perhaps the above scripture rings strong in your ears right now. Perhaps these words are a call to action for you and the Holy Spirit is calling your name to stand for Jesus. if this is true then it would be a good time to listen and take heed. Our world today would be represented by the Haman character as those who have a hatred for God's people, who are Christians. The world's hatred grows more every day and the only ones who can continue to share the message of hope are living in this world, but remember, we are IN the world but not OF the world. When we share the message of hope in Jesus we will be persecuted and possibly chastised, but the message goes on. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. According to God's Word, the message of the gospel is where the power lives, so we must proclaim at such a time as this. If we ignore sharing the message then the power is turned off and the lost will be destined for hell, and this cannot be!
I will continue sharing insights from the book of Esther in the next blog, so stay tuned.
The Pilgrimage Continues