Ester 2:5 – Who was Mordecai in the Bible? His struggle for justice and key role in saving the Jewish people

Published On: 23 de January de 2023Categories: Bible Study

Mordecai is a biblical character who appears in the story of the book of Esther in the Old Testament. He was a Jew of Persian descent, cousin of Esther, the queen of Persia, and played an important role in the history of the salvation of the Jewish people.

According to the book of Esther, Mordecai was the first to discover a plot to destroy the Jews, planned by Haman. He revealed the plan to Esther, who denounced him to King Ahasuerus. With Esther’s help, the king was persuaded to save the Jewish people and condemn Haman to death.

Furthermore, Mordecai is also mentioned as being a righteous man and faithful to the law of God. In Esther 10:3 he is described as “great among the Jews, and beloved of the people” and “one who sought the good of his people and spoke for the peace of Jerusalem”.

Mordecai is also mentioned as one of the authors of the book of Esther and is also mentioned in other books such as Nehemiah, Ezra and Daniel.

What was Haman’s plan?

According to the book of Esther, in the Old Testament, Haman, was the minister of King Ahasuerus of Persia and planned to destroy all the Jews living in the empire. He convinced the king to issue a decree authorizing the slaughter of all Jews, men, women and children, on a specific day. This plan was discovered by Mordecai, cousin of Esther, queen of Persia, who revealed it to Esther, and she denounced him to the king. With Esther’s help, the king was persuaded to save the Jewish people and condemn Haman to death.

Furthermore, Haman’s plan was motivated by his anger and hatred towards Mordecai, who refused to bow down to him. Haman was so angry that he decided to kill not only Mordecai, but all the Jewish people.

Ester 3:5,6 – When Haman saw that Mordecai neither bowed down nor prostrated himself before him, Haman was filled with fury. However, he had as little, in his intentions, to lay his hands only on Mordecai (because they had told him what people Mordecai was from); So Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were in all the kingdom of Ahasuerus.

Importantly, the book of Esther shows how Mordecai and Esther’s faithfulness to God and their people, and how divine intervention, allowed them to save their people from destruction. The story is celebrated to this day on the Jewish feast of Purim, which celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from Haman’s plan.

How was the victory of Mordecai and Esther?

Mordecai and Esther’s victory was achieved through a series of events described in the book of Esther.

First, Mordecai discovered Haman’s plan to destroy all the Jews and revealed it to Esther, who was the queen of Persia.

Esther was brave and presented herself to the king without being invited, exposing Haman’s plan and pleading for the salvation of her people. So she convinced the king to save the Jews and condemn Haman to death.

Then the king issued a new decree authorizing the Jews to defend themselves and to kill those who attacked them. The Jews defended themselves and defeated their enemies, saving their lives and their community.

Furthermore, the king appointed Mordecai as one of the governors of the Persian empire, and he became a powerful and respected man. Esther and Mordecai continued to be faithful to God and their people, and they were remembered as heroes of Jewish history.

Mordecai and Esther’s victory was achieved through their courage and faithfulness to God and his people, and through divine intervention. They saved the Jewish people from the destruction planned by Haman and became heroes in Jewish history.

The King askshamanabout the plan and how it should honor

According to the Book of Esther, in the Old Testament, after King Ahasuerus was informed of Haman’s plan to destroy all the Jews, he asks Haman how he should honor someone he especially wanted to honor.

Ester 6:5-9 – And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman is in the court. And the king told him to come in.

And when Haman went in, the king said to him, What shall be done to the man whose honor the king delights in? Then Haman said in his heart, Who would the king be pleased to honor him more than me? Thus said Haman to the king, For the man whose honor the king delights in, Bring the royal garment which the king is wont to wear, and also the horse which the king is wont to ride, and let the royal crown be placed on his head. your head. And let the garment and the horse be given into the hand of one of the noblest princes of the king, and that man whom the king desires to honor shall clothe them; and take him on horseback through the streets of the city, and proclaim before him: Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king desires to honor!

Haman, thinking that the king is referring to him, suggests that the honored man should be dressed in royal clothes and taken through the main streets on a royal horse. The king then orders that these honors be given to Mordecai, who had saved the king’s life by exposing Haman’s plan.

Ester 6:10,11 – Then said the king to Haman, Make haste, take the garment and the horse, as thou hast said, and do thus to Mordecai the Jew, who sitteth in the king’s gate; and omit nothing from all that you have said. And Haman took the garment and the horse, and dressed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the streets of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!

This was a great humiliation for Haman, who was already angry with Mordecai, and it led him to plan a way to kill him. However, due to Esther’s intervention and the king’s action, he was sentenced to death and the Jewish people were saved.

According to the Old Testament Book of Esther, Haman’s death was the result of his own frame-up. After his plan to destroy all the Jews was exposed by Mordecai and Esther and condemned by the king, the king ordered that he be killed.

In Ester 7:10, it is reported that “then the king arose in his anger, and went out into the palace garden; and Haman, having been arrested, was led away to be slain on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai.”. This shows that Haman was punished with the same death he had planned for Mordecai and the Jewish people.

Conclusion

The story of Mordecai, Esther, and Haman in the book of Esther teaches us many valuable lessons that are still relevant today. One of them is the importance of courage and fidelity to our principles and values. Mordecai and Esther were brave to face the powerful King Ahasuerus and expose Haman’s plan, even though they knew it could cost them their lives. They were also faithful to their people and to God, and that faithfulness was rewarded with the salvation of the Jewish people.

Another important lesson is the importance of fighting hatred and intolerance. Haman was driven by hatred and the desire to destroy a group of people just because they were different from him. This story reminds us that we need to be vigilant against any form of hatred and bigotry and fight against it, just as Mordecai and Esther did.

Furthermore, the story also reminds us of the importance of having humility and respect for others, regardless of their social status or ethnicity. Mordecai was humble and respected Haman’s authority, even though he was a more powerful and respected man than he was. Haman, on the other hand, was proud and did not respect Mordecai’s position, which led to his downfall.

In summary, the story of Mordecai, Esther, and Haman in the Book of Esther teaches us valuable lessons about courage, faithfulness, tolerance, humility, and respect that are important for us today.

Furthermore, the story of Mordecai is important because it teaches us valuable lessons about faith, courage and leadership. He shows us how we can use our influence and position to champion the downtrodden and honor God in everything we do. Furthermore, his story also shows us how divine intervention can change the course of history.

The story of Mordecai is a reminder that even in difficult times, we can trust God and act according to his will. He is an example of how we should live our lives, always seeking to honor God and defend the oppressed. Studying the story of Mordecai can help us to be better Christians and leaders in our communities. Therefore, it is important that we study the story of Mordecai so that we can learn from him and apply his lessons to our own lives.

“Like Mordecai and Esther, let us be courageous in the fight against hatred and intolerance, faithful to our principles and values, and humble and respectful of the differences of others to achieve the true victory of justice and peace.”

Allan Luiz

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Written by : Ministério Veredas Do IDE

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