Hello everyone, my name is Mordecai. As I said in Part 1 you can call me M. If you haven’t read Part 1 of my story check it out here.
Now where was I? That's right, God was about to save me from dying. I did not bow to Haman when he passed by and in anger he ordered a tall stake to be built so that he could impale me upon it in the morning.
What was really cool and totally God ordained was that that same night, the King couldn’t sleep. So what do you do when you're the King and you cannot sleep? You get a servant to read the Royal Chronicles. This is a scroll that has the recorded history of a King in it.
One of the stories that was read to him was the story of how I saved his life. Apparently the King had completely forgotten about that. Probably because he was so drunk all the time.
The next morning when Haman went to see the King to have me impaled, the King told Haman to honour me by leading me around the city on a royal horse telling everyone to praise me.
By the way, this was all Haman’s idea. See, the King asked Haman how he should honour someone in his kingdom. Haman thought the king was talking about him so Haman suggested the whole horse, city parade deal.
So the next day was the dinner for the King and Haman. A lot happened in a couple of days.
Remember, Esther is the Queen of Persia. This is because the King is madly in love with her. She uses this power to save her people. At the dinner she tells the King that she is Jewish and that Haman has inacted a decree to murder her and to murder me who saved his life and to murder all the Jewish people.
The King had a lot to drink again, so when he heard this he went into a drunken rage and he ordered that Haman be impaled on the stake he had had made to murder me!
Thw problem solved
We still had a problem though. The King could not revoke a decree that he had already made. So on the appointed day that the Jews were to be killed, they were ordered by the King to defend themselves and kill anyone that plotted to kill them.
A PG version of the story goes that the Jewish people triumph over their enemies.
Esther and I then established by decree an annual two day party to remember their deliverance from destruction. The King then elevated me to a seat beside him and elevated me to second in command of the kingdom.
Mordecai didn’t have any control over being in a country that wasn’t his own. We, like Mordecai, can be put into a situation that is outside of our control.
What is one act of love you can do today towards your family, neighbour, a stranger when out shopping, a colleague at work or just by going about your day?
Barry Kirby is a disciple of Jesus Christ, living in relationship with Father God, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Barry works and worships with the Salvation Army based in Wellington, New Zealand.