I have read the book of Esther lots of times, watched puppets and vegetables tell the story, and even donned a crown and purple robes to become Esther on more than one Halloween. As a kid, Esther was my Disney princess and the obvious hero of the story. I didn’t put much thought towards wise Mordecai and I certainly didn’t see the Bible for the brilliant and beautiful meta narrative that it is. Today, a couple of lines from this story are screaming, ‘Pay attention to Mordecai’ and if you do you see the long suffering, victorious plan of God.
Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, ‘Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the King’s palace. If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.’
The sentence, ‘liberation and deliverance will come … but your father’s house will be destroyed’ shows such incredible faith. Mordecai is faced with a royal decree for genocide and he says, ‘we will be delivered even if this generation dies.’ This dude believes the gospel. A rescuer is coming. And he has come!