Day 12

Mordecai’s Fame

from the Esther reading plan

Esther 9:23-32, Esther 10:1-3, Leviticus 16:29-31, Ephesians 1:3-14

BY Erin Davis

I once met a woman who told me the story of two Bibles. She had inherited them as heirlooms, one from each of her grandmothers. Her maternal grandmother was a woman of deep faith in Jesus. She loved and lived the Word of God. Her Bible was torn and tattered. Some of the pages had broken free from their binding. She left notes behind, and questions were scribbled throughout. 

The woman’s paternal grandmother did not know or follow Jesus. Upon her death, her family found a Bible pristine and dusty, sitting on the shelf. She had barely touched it. The difference, the woman told me, was remarkable. The grandmother who loved her Bible left a legacy of faith. Her life was a testament to the goodness of God and the transforming power of His Word. The grandmother whose Bible stayed closed, left a different, more painful kind of mark. Her granddaughter remembered her as angry, bitter, and difficult. 

Legacy is the punctuation mark at the end of the book of Esther. The book’s namesake played a starring role in the redemption of God’s people from the evil plot of Haman, yet it is Mordecai’s impact that brings this inspired story to a close. 

Though King Ahasuerus’s influence was felt “even to the farthest shores” of his kingdom (Esther 10:1), Mordecai’s fame spread past the borders of time and into the hearts of future generations—including ours. Though Mordecai lived and died more than two millennia ago, we are still strengthened by his story of courage. The pages of Esther record Mordecai’s commitment to securing his people’s future—to ensuring they survived in the face of tyranny, no matter what it cost him.

The curtains of Esther open with Mordecai as a resident in a foreign land, separated from his adopted daughter (Esther 2:7–9). They close with Mordecai as a famous hero, triumphant and highly esteemed. In plenty and in want, in power and powerless, whether he was calling the shots or he was oppressed alongside his people—Mordecai resolved to seek the best for his people. The book’s final words almost read as his epitaph: “He continued to pursue prosperity for his people and to speak for the well-being of all his descendants” (Esther 10:3). 

Legacy is the punctuation mark at the end of each of our stories. The book of Esther reminds me that I want mine to end with ellipses, continuing on in the life of the next follower of Christ. May those who come after us be strengthened because we sought the well-being of “all [our] descendants.”

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56 thoughts on "Mordecai’s Fame"

  1. Erin Carr says:

    I journal when I do my Bible studies, for many reasons, but one is so that one day my kids will be able to read them and see how I applied Gods Word to every day occurrences in my life. I pray that will work in a powerful way.

  2. April Cook says:

    Selah and Amen. Let us all be women of faith who leave behind multitudes of believers.

  3. April Cook says:

    I want to leave a legacy. Since reading this bible study I am praying that God will show me how he can best use me to create a legacy for future generations. Even if it is just the grandma with the tattered Bible one day. But will be remembered as a faithful God fearing and following woman.

  4. Dom Sch says:

    Loved the story of the two Bibles. It really gets you thinking about your legacy and what you will leave behind.

  5. Karen Roper says:

    Legacy – would we live our lives different if we thought of this word more often. I think we would because heirlooms would become less important than planting wisdom and a love of God and a life of faith into the next generation

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  7. Gwyned WalkerHill says:

    I loved that study with Beth Moore the best. What amazing insights she has. This series on Esther was one of the best ones from SRT..

  8. Lisa S says:

    I loved reading Esther with all of you!! I don’t comment much but I love watching the community among all of you. Makes me wish we could all meet in a living room somewhere and just chat about Jesus.

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