For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.
– Esther 10:3 NASB
I love the book of Esther. It is an interesting and dramatic narrative. More importantly, it contains impressive foreshadowings of Christ.
As for the setting of the book of Esther, its events take place during the Exile – that is, after Israel’s succession of kings and its conquest by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and before its regathering in the land of Israel in preparation for the coming of Messiah.
In the wake of Jesus’ resurrection, Mordecai was recognized as a type of Messiah. Notice especially in this verse that Mordecai was a “Jew” and “second only to King Ahasuerus.” This would immediately remind the disciples of Jesus having ascended into heaven to “sit at the right hand of God” as prophesied in Psalm 110. And, indeed, Jesus was “one who sought the good of his people” and who “spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.”
The verse above comes from the conclusion of the book. Earlier, details of Mordecai’s life are given that substantiate the praise he receives at the end. Through it all, Mordecai typifies Christ (Messiah). Mordecai displays the sort of selfless behavior we see in Jesus – especially toward his orphaned cousin Esther, whom he was raising as his own daughter.
When she became of age and because of her beauty, Esther was included in a sort of beauty pageant to find a new queen to replace the queen who had dishonored King Ahasuerus. Eventually, Esther won the contest and became queen; throughout this process, Mordecai continued to look out for Esther.
Ahasuerus’ right-hand man was named Haman. Haman had it in for Jews and his unjustified rage eventually put both Esther and Mordecai at risk. Through Esther’s wisdom and courage, Ahasuerus deposed Haman and replaced him with Mordecai. Thus were the Jews delivered from their perilous situation.
As Mordecai typified Christ, so Haman typified Satan, and Esther typified the resurrected human race intended to replace the first sinful one. As you think of these types, the story of Esther becomes as enlightening as it is encouraging.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, we so appreciate the servant’s role (like Mordecai) You took toward us. You put our needs above Your own and taught us how to love through service…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.