Since we’ve been on a “captivity kick” lately, first with the four Hebrew boys and refusing the king’s negative influence, next with the young princes keeping the God-Factor, then with Joseph’s integrity, we’re going to continue the theme with Mordecai’s wisdom. When most people think of the Book of Esther, they think of the woman’s fortitude or Haman’s anti-Semitism, but they don’t really think of Mordecai. Yet he was truly a remarkable man.
Mordecai the Guardian
From the scriptures, we know that Mordecai was Esther’s elder cousin who raised her after the demise of her parents. Some commentaries even think that he might have possibly been even raising her to be his wife. Whatever the situation, Mordecai set his face to raise this young girl with godly morals, a level head, and a true sense of family. He had no idea his little “Hadassah” would one day become the queen of the Medo-Persian Empire. But Mordecai was not just a good Jew and family man; he was employed by the royal court of Ahasuerus.
Mordecai the Scribe
Mordecai sat in the king’s gate or court which meant that he was a man of intelligence and knowledge; very likely a scribe. His wisdom of the Medo-Persian culture and palace life gave him the wisdom to counsel Hadassah into taking a Babylonian name, and not disclosing her lineage or religion. It was also this wisdom—coupled with his palace access—that allowed him to save the king’s life.
“In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king,” (2:21-23).
Mordecai reported an assassination attempt on Ahasuerus, the culprits were captured, and executed. This was an excellent example of Mordecai’s wisdom. And although it took him a while to be rewarded for it, he was when the timing was right. And my, was it an honour!
“‘What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?’….And Haman answered the king, ‘For the man whom the king delights to honor, let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head. Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!”’ Then the king said to Haman, ‘Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.’ So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’” (Esther 6:6-11).
This honour foreshadows the honour God would give him in the form ascension in government.
Mordecai’s wisdom is also shown in his unwavering faith to God—he refused to bow before the enemy of God’s people: Haman.
Haman, a descendant of the Amalekites and sworn enemies of the Jewish people, was the second highest man in all of the empire. It ate him up that Mordecai refused to bow to him so he sought to take him out. But God honoured Mordecai and in the end, Haman and his sons were hung on the very gallows he built for Mordecai.
Mordecai the Governor
Mordecai was made governor, a.k.a. “prime minister” over all the empire in place of Haman. All that Haman had: his position, his authority, and his property was given to the man of God. His position combined with the wisdom he instilled in Esther to conceal her ethnicity and religion until the right time was what preserved the entire Jewish population of the Medo-Persian Empire from destruction and brought about the Jewish celebration of Purim. God justly and greatly compensated his son Mordecai for properly employing divine wisdom.
The Principal Thing
King Solomon, like Mordecai, knew the importance of wisdom.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding,” (Proverbs 4:7).
This means that whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you work, you must get wisdom and understanding. It could be the difference between a new client and a miss; a new business venture and a business failure; a promotion or a demotion.
Wisdom can steer you from bad investments, bad partners, bad employees, as well as bad people to share your dreams and aspirations with. Wisdom gives you the discretion to temper your faith with your career and professional associates. Proverbs is full of the promises that can be given due to the hearkening to and application of wisdom. And just like Mordecai, God can and will prosper you in a “strange land” and you will flourish in your sphere of influence. But you must exercise wisdom!
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