And so we come to the end of the story and the book of Esther, and I hope you know more about it than you did at the beginning. I can say that I do. I have seen new perspectives I had not previously considered.
Even though this Bible book is not written from a religious viewpoint of prominently mentioning God at all, it is clearly assumed that he is behind all of the myriad circumstances and providential events. And that is a timeless truth of God’s sovereign hand in all of the ebb and flow of history, down to our very lives.
Of all the nations and peoples of the world, what other has endured through multiple attempts of being wiped off the face of the earth, other than the Jewish people and nation? A writer I read on this subject said that Israel has attended the funeral of every nation that has attempted to eliminate them.
God has a future for the nation of Israel, and I invite you to the upcoming 11:00 series that I will be doing on last times teachings of Scripture if you want to delve into this further.
The final three verses of the book of Esther speak of the greatness of the empire of the Medes and Persians, noting also the effective contributions of Mordecai to its greatness. The author says that this may be verified in the official records of the kingdom (though these are lost and unavailable, yet it demonstrates the author’s confidence in his accuracy). Mordecai was blessed because God was with him and he worked for the good of God’s people.
That is a timeless truth. God blesses and honors those who labor to serve his people, be they of antiquity, or the people of God in this age — the church of Jesus Christ. I love the verse in Hebrews 6:10 where it says that ”God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
10:1 — King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores.2 And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.