“Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This girl, who was also known as Esther, was lovely in form and features, and Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.”
I have a gigantic problem in my study of God’s precious Word ― I can’t decide who is my favorite Bible hero. I guess it often becomes the one I happen to be reading about at the moment. Over the past few weeks I have come to greatly admire Mordecai.
We know little about him except that he was part of the exile from Judah, and that he had stepped forward to raise his orphaned cousin, Esther, as his own daughter. When we get to heaven it will be interesting to find out if Mordecai had other children and, if so, were they equally as spiritually well equipped as Esther.
As I read this second chapter of the book of Esther, I am struck by the godly wisdom of this righteous man, Mordecai. Wisdom is certainly a godly character quality. The wisdom that we read about in chapter 2 illustrates that it is often wise to remain silent. In verse 10 he advises Esther to remain silent about her nationality. It was not that she was ashamed, but the timing for her revelation would be in God’s timing.
Not only did Mordecai demonstrate the character quality of wisdom, but he had also trained Esther the wisdom of obedience to this father figure. In Proverbs 22:6 we read: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” How sweet it is to observe this promise in action here in the book of Esther. The result will be the saving of the Jews in the kingdom who Haman had marked for extermination.
Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!
– – – Pastor Cecil