Esther 2:5-7 (NLT)
At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei. 6 His family[a] had been among those who, with King Jehoiachin[b] of Judah, had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. 7 This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter. 8 As a result of the king’s decree, Esther, along with many other young women, was brought to the king’s harem at the fortress of Susa and placed in Hegai’s care. 9 Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem. 10 Esther had not told anyone of her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had directed her not to do so.
Esther 3:3-6 (NLT)
Then the palace officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why are you disobeying the king’s command?” 4 They spoke to him day after day, but still he refused to comply with the order. So they spoke to Haman about this to see if he would tolerate Mordecai’s conduct, since Mordecai had told them he was a Jew. 5 When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. 6 He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes.
Esther 4:13-17 (NLT)
Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” 17 So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him
Last week we started a new series on spiritual preparedness and we looked at how Naaman was spiritually unprepared to receive his physical healing. Today’s lesson will examine Mordecai, a caregiver and parent figure, to Esther and how they were both spiritually prepared.
Consider the following:
Today’s story is found throughout the book of Esther and I encourage you to take time and read it. In this story, we see Mordecai who technically is Esther’s cousin raise her when both of her parents passed away. Esther, an orphan Jewish virgin who went through a long 12 months of beautification, and became the next Queen of Persia. She had to disguise her true identity, until it was time for the king to see her and said he was pleased and whatever she wanted was hers. After hearing of plans of killing the Jewish race, her people, she had to be bold and rise to the occasion, tell the king, to not let her people perish. However, before approaching the king, she mandated a fast from food and water for 72 hours, so she could seek the presence of the true King, her heavenly father for direction and favor. This amazing story speaks to two individuals being spiritually prepared. For all parents and parent-like figures, we can take note from Mordecai. He was prepared to raise up a child and when she was put in a compromising situation she did not depart because of values instilled in her. Mordecai also illustrated being unwavering in his faith by refusing to comply to the king’s command. In addition, due to Mordecai’s positive relationship and influence on Esther’s life, there was a mutual respect and they followed each other’s direction when it was necessary. Esther was spiritually prepared because after Mordecai stressed the urgency of the matter, she immediately instituted a 72-hour fast. This amazing story is a true depiction of all what God can do through people who are obedient to him. Today’s main takeaways 1. As a parent or parent-like figure it is important to be spiritually prepared so your child(ren) can be spiritually prepared when they find themselves in compromising situations and 2. When we find ourselves in compromising situations, fast without hesitation. Seek God and know that our father is in our corner.