As we look into the book of Esther today, Esther will continue to represent the Church; the Bride of Christ; the Body of Christ in general; every local church in particular. Throughout this study, the Lord will be speaking to us about our own lives; as individual members of His Church. But, stating today, we’re going to see King Xerxes take on an additional role in this story.
From now on, instead of thinking of him as the Bridegroom, we’re going to see him as the leader of a very large and powerful nation. Instead of focusing on the relationship between the Bridegroom and the Bride, Esther and Xerxes are going to show us the relationship between the Church and the State; faith and politics; the voice and the influence of the Church; the voice and the influence of my life, of your life in the world today.
Esther 2: 19-20 “When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. But Esther had 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 bringing her up.”
Mordecai has guided Esther since she was a child and she’s learned to depend on him and trust in his wisdom. Because of Mordecai, Esther never feels alone. Mordecai represents the Holy Spirit, the one who is always with us; actively monitoring our daily circumstances; guiding us, advising us and protecting us from anything that threatens to destroy us.
But now, through Mordecai, we’re going to see the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth whom God has sent to reveal the truth and make us aware of the truth. Notice in verse 19, “Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate.”
Truth “was sitting at the gate.” Actually, truth was sitting outside the gate. Mordecai was kept away from the king by a high wall and a thick gate. He had never been invited into the palace. Mordecai was not allowed in the palace. He was not welcome in the palace. His presence and his advice were not wanted in the palace.
Esther 1: 13-14 told us that king Xerxes had his own so-called experts who were given special access to the king when he needed advice or direction. In this nation, the separation between the Church and the State keeps growing wider and wider every day. We keep adopting policies and passing laws that have created an environment where God’s name, God’s Word and God’s presence are kept “outside the gate.”
Esther 2: 21-22a “During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate,…two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. But Mordecai found out about the plot.”
Mordecai overhears two of the king’s officers conspiring to assassinate king Xerxes. Xerxes doesn’t know anything about it. He doesn’t realize his life is in danger. But Mordecai knows about it and he wants the king to live. But how can the king’s life be saved if truth is not allowed past the gate?
Esther 2:22b “Mordecai…told Queen Esther.”
Mordecai wants to use Esther to reach the king. Esther could bring the truth into places Mordecai was not allowed to go. Mordecai tells Esther about the plot to assassinate the king. Now Esther knows the truth; the truth that can save the king’s life. Esther knows the king is about to die and it’s up to her to tell him what he’s got to do to be saved.
The question is, now that Esther knows the truth, what will she do about it? What will Esther do with what she knows? Will she speak up and save the king’s life or remain silent and let him die? The Holy Spirit has shown us, through God’s Word, how much danger this world is in today and we know what’s about to happen in the future. The Holy Spirit has shown us the truth.
So the question is, does Esther have the courage; does the Church have the courage; do I have the courage to speak the truth that can save the life of my family and my friends; truth that can insure the future of this nation? What will Esther do; what will the Church do; what will we do with the truth we’ve been given?
Esther 2:22c “Queen Esther…reported to the king, giving credit to Mordecai.”
Does Esther have the courage to speak the truth? Yes, she does. Esther tells the king about the plot to take his life and she makes sure that Mordecai gets all the credit. You would never have known about this Xerxes, if it hadn’t been for Mordecai. He’s the one who wanted to save you.
Esther 2:23a “And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were hanged on a gallows.” (i.e. impaled on a stake)
The king listened to Esther. He took her words seriously. He looked into it himself. The king was searching for truth and he found it. As a result, his enemies were defeated, his life was saved and the future of the nation was secured.
Esther 2:23b “All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.”
It was all recorded. It became public record. It was now an undeniable fact in their nation’s history that Mordecai spoke the truth and listening to Mordecai had saved the king and the nation.
There was a time in the history of this nation when truth mattered; a time when our leaders prayed together and the Bible was taken seriously; when we followed its’ advice and our leaders paid attention to its’ warnings; a time when we, as a nation, acted in righteousness and were guided by the Wisdom of God. And during those times, our nation was blessed, our enemies were defeated and our future was secure.
But, as we’re going to see in God’s Word, times change and the lessons of history are quickly forgotten. Peace and prosperity have a way of being taken for granted. Lord willing, we’ll pick it up from here next Tuesday. I hope you’ll join me. Thanks for spending time in God’s Word with pastor Buj.