Esther 10 Commentary
In just 3 verses, chapter 10 brings to a close the Book of Esther.
The book may not have the spiritual taste that many saints have come to expect from similar deliverances. But who can argue that the LORD hasn’t fulfilled His promise to prosper Israel? In Mordecai and Esther, we have seen the faithfulness of the LORD.
Chapter 10 has the singular purpose of telling us the greatness of Mordecai. But Mordecai’s greatness is not in isolation. So the scripture begins by telling us about the greatness of King Xerxes. No man is great until he begins to serve the King of kings.
“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” We can also see the fulfillment of Jeremiah’s words. Mordecai has prospered because Xerxes has prospered. Saints that have made it their ambition to make King Jesus great will themselves become great. But this greatness may not be as per world standards. The saint is reminded.
Esther and Mordecai started off from a position of near obscurity. Yet the LORD was pleased to use them at a critical moment to bring salvation to the nation in exile.
By writing an entire volume about God without mentioning the word ‘God’, the human author has given us a puzzle to find the word ‘God’ in the story. Probably one day, we can have the chance of asking Mordecai what motivated him to work for the good of his people and speak up for the welfare of all the Jews. Regardless of the possible answers from Mordecai, we are always aware of the fact that Mordecai was a good tool in the hand of the LORD. And through Mordecai, the LORD brought about a great victory at a very critical moment in the history of the nation.
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