“Two … sought to lay hand on King Ahasuerus. And the thing was known to Mordecai and Esther certified the king in Mordecai’s name … and the thing was found out … after these things did King Ahasuerus promote Haman … and advanced him” Esther 2:21 – 3:1 KJV
“… two… ought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. But the plot became known to Mordecai and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. Now when the plot was investigated and found to be so… After these events King Ahasuerus promoted Haman … and advanced him…” Esther 2:21-3:1 NASB
Mordecai had some administrative post in the king’s government. He sat in the gate (2:21). And like Daniel, who preceded him by a few years, he was a faithful government employee. At great risk to himself, he exposed a plot to assassinate the king. Had he been discovered prior to the apprehension of the cabal, his own life would have been forfeited. His concern for righteousness was commendable, but only foreshadowed One Who loved righteousness and hated iniquity (Heb 1:9).
The irony of the ensuing events is highlighted by the divine penman as he juxtaposes the good deed of Mordecai over against the promotion of Haman. Justice would have promoted Mordecai; politics promoted Haman. The king forgot his savior from the assassins.
Did the crowd which demanded Barabbas and rejected Jesus forget the deeds of compassion, the miracles of mercy, and the words of grace?
Vilified but Faithful
Passed over and forgotten by the king whose life he saved, Mordecai does not descend into a spiral of self-pity or a campaign for recognition. He simply returns to the gate to do his job. But insult is added to his circumstances when the man who was promoted ahead of him now becomes his bitterest foe.
How did the Lord Jesus react to the hatred of men; to the false accusations and lack of appreciation? He did not retreat into a shell of self-preservation, self-pity, or of bitterness. He continued to move in grace and compassion, not only up to the cross, but even while on the cross: “Father forgive … “and, “Today shalt thou be with Me …” all remind us of a love which many waters could not quench. The hymn writer penned long ago, “Faithful amidst unfaithfulness.”
Vindicated and Famous
The remarkable “coincidence” of a sleepless night, the reading of the chronicles at just the right place, the timing of Haman’s entrance – nothing could be more reflective of the sovereignty of God. In God’s time, the moment had arrived for the vindication of His servant. The story does not end until we read of Mordecai’s greatness. The turning point came at what appeared to be the darkest hour. Haman had reached the pinnacle of his power; God had allowed it to make his fall all the more precipitous.
God will vindicate His Son. It will occur at the world’s darkest hour. Israel will be on the brink of extinction. The world will be reeling under the combined effects of the seals, trumpets, and bowls. The militaristic machinery of nations will be warring with each other. And then will appear the sign of the coming of the Son of Man in the heavens. God will bring back His Son and reveal Who is King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim 6:15). In that day, the Name of the Lord will be glorious.
Look at all the garments which Mordecai wore and link them with the Lord Jesus