MORDECAI UNCOVERS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST KING XERXES
Mordecai loved Esther as her own daughter. He was always concerned about the safety of Esther, and every day, he walked back and forth near the courtyard where Esther staying. One day Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate to see how Queen Esther was doing, and he heard a conspiracy of the two of the king's officers guarding the doorway to kill King Xerxes. Mordecai then reported the conspiracy to Queen Esther, and she reported to King Xerxes, giving credit to Mordecai. And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled to the poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals (history books) in the presence of the king. While all these things took place, Queen Esther kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai's instructions as she had done when he was raising her (Esther 2:19-23).
We can see the character of Esther in the story. Although she became the queen of the Medo-Persian Empire, she still respected and loved her adopted father. Queen Esther trusted Mordecai because of the fatherly love that Mordecai showed to her. Mordecai didn't want Esther to reveal her family background and nationality because many other ethnic groups hated the Jews during this time, and Mordecai tried to protect Esther. Mordecai's love for her adopted daughter is a picture of God's love for us as His adopted children. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die for our sins so that through faith in the Lord Jesus, our relationship with Him would be restored.
Let us be encouraged today that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us. He is always watching over us. Psalm 139:2-3 says, "You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways." God's love for us is always consistent, and He will never leave or forsake us.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through these questions carefully and meditate on them while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speaks to you). What was the relationship between Mordecai and Esther? How do I feel knowing I have a Heavenly Father who adopted and loved me? How should I respond to my Heavenly Father's love?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for adopting me as one of your children. Thank you for loving me as your own. Would you please help me love you just as you love me? Please help me walk confidently, knowing you are always with and for me. In your name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.