Mordecai is a lot like daniel or joseph, except hes not quite as awesome or good at interpreting dreams or anything like. We also see inanimate objects symbolizing our redeemer. Esther 4 new international version niv mordecai persuades esther to help. Esther hadassah esther is the heroine, the main character.
The book of esther was likely written between 460 and 350 b. Mordecai and esther s relationship it does indeed mean that they were cousins, but the commentators also note that when the megillah states that mordechai took her to him as a bat daughter it actually means to say bayitas in homemeaning that he married her and they built a home together. Chief minister of ahasuerus and one of the principal personages of the book of esther. According to the talmud, it was a redaction by the great assembly of an original text by mordecai. The talmud says mordecai prophesied in the second year of darius. Xerxes i, and her cousin mordecai persuade the king to retract an order for the general. While ezra and nehemiah deal with the history of the jewish remnant that returned from babylonian captivity, the book of esther is a fascinating story of some of those who did not return. Mordecai was esthers adoptive father, mentor, confidante, cheerleader. Mordecai story book of esther old testament bible story for.
Esthers parents died when she was very small, and so mor. King ahasuerus gave his ring to mordecaithe ring he had previously given to haman when haman became the kings righthand man. Bible book number 17esther all scripture is inspired of god and beneficial a change from mourning to a good day. Book of esther simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the second chapter of esther, mordecai sits at the kings gate so that he will be updated on esthers wellbeing. Yeah, he knows how to foil an assassination plot, he knows when to strap the sackcloth on, he knows when to weep and wail in front of the emperors gate, and he. Esther 6 mordecai honored that night the king bible. Grand old holy tells us the story of queen esthers wit and how she saves the lives of mordecai and fellow jews from. Why did the writer of esther mention the kings gate so. He is described as being the son of jair, of the tribe of benjamin. The greek septuagint remedied this situation by adding six passages which include the name of god. Esther in the picture study bible the book of esther. For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes. Esther and mordecai had not returned to the land and did not seem interested in complying with the prophetic command to return.
Esther 6 mordecai honored that night the king bible gateway. Esther 6 new international version niv mordecai honored. The conspirators are apprehended and hanged, and mordecais service to the king is recorded 2. Chronologically, this book fits into the 40 year gap between ezra 6 and 7.
A wakeup call from the book of esther, israeli entrepreneur michael eisenberg writes that the book is not the story of a man mordecai who wants to grow close to his god, his people, and his land, but the story of an ambitious man who wants to become the second in command to the king, and sends his niece. The book of esther 6 powerful life lessons from the bible. May 25, 2011 however, the king did not know she was a jew. Mordecai s genealogy in the second chapter of the book of esther is given as a descendant of kish of the tribe of benjamin. Grand old holy tells us the story of queen esthers wit and how she saves the lives of mordecai and fellow jews from persecution by haman.
Esther asked the king to allow the jews to defend themselves against the people of haman, the agagites. The book of esther in hebrew is secular in nature, in that the name of god, the temple, and prayer are not mentioned. The book purports to explain how the feast of purim came to be celebrated by the jews. The massacre had been plotted by the kings chief minister, haman, and the date decided by casting lots purim. Mordecai persuades esther to help when mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out. Kish was also the name of the father of king saul, and the talmud accords mordecai the status of a descendant of the first king of israel. Esther 4 niv mordecai persuades esther to help bible gateway. The events in the book of esther occurred from 483. Mordecai book building does custom bookbinding and book repair services including bible repair, plat book restoration and custom journals. In the book of esther this information is casually presented as unimportant, but comes up later in the story. Book of esther overview insight for living ministries. Mordecai story book of esther old testament bible story.
This monarch learns of esthers jewish identity only after haman, the storys villain, plots to annihilate the jews, including esther and her guardian mordecai, who like haman serves the king. Book of esther, in the hebrew bible and the christian old testament. He was the son of jair, a benjamite, and a cousin of esther, whom he. The key personalities are esther, mordecai, king ahasuerus or xerxes, and haman. The book of esther is the only one not found in the dead sea scrolls. Xerxes, the persian king, rejected his wife queen vashti, and fell in love with esther at a beauty contest.
In the septuagint, the book of esther contains several interpolations scattered through the account. The megillat esther book of esther became the last of the 24 books of the tanakh to be canonized by the sages of the great assembly. The story of esther, mordecai, haman and king ahasuerus, is a drama which exhibits the divine supervision of the people of israel. So yeah, mordecais a champ if a minorleague onethe pawtucket sox of the bible, if you will. Listen to this description in the five megilloth, a jewish commentary published by the soncino press. Jan 02, 2020 mordecai informed esther of hamans plot against the jews, telling her to go before the king and plead for the jews lives esther 4. Childs notes the typology which the writer uses in identifying haman and mordecai through genealogies when he writes, haman, the enemy of the jews, is portrayed as the son of hammedatha, the agagite 3. This unlikely contestant for a beauty pageant was crowned queen of persia and renamed esther, meaning star. Jun 23, 20 by alistair begg in this message, we meet esther and her cousin mordecai and learn how she was chosen to be queen of the medopersi.
The authorship of the book of esther is a subject of debate. Without taking away from her courage, wisdom and devotion to god, the real hero of the book is a. Esther bible story summary what christians want to know. Esther and mordecai wrote letters to the jews instituting the commemoration of these two days in an annual feast of purim esth. Hes a bit more minor leaguethe faygo to their fanta, if you will. However, the talmud in baba batra 15a ascribes the book. The author of the book of esther is unknown, though some attribute the work to mordecai. The persian monarch mentioned in the book of esther is xerxes 485465, known from other sources as ahasuerus see niv marg. The genre of the book of esther is narrative history. Esther 6 niv mordecai honored that night the king bible gateway. The book of esther may not explicitly mention the name of god in its pages, but it undoubtedly showcases gods hand upon his people. A favoured representative of the chosen people read the whole book of esther many of the scarlet threads we find in scripture are represented by men. Esther is, among the generality of jews, the best known of all the books of the bible p.
At this, esther balkedshe did not have freedom to enter the kings presence without a summons. The book of esther does not specifically name its author. Mordecai was revealed to be the foster father of esther. The most popular traditions are mordecai a major character in the book of esther, ezra, and nehemiah who would have been familiar with persian customs. Was it realy feasible for mordecai or ester to return to. He took esther as the new persian queen, not knowing she was an israelite. Mordecai is a lot like daniel or joseph, except hes not quite as awesome or good at interpreting dreams or anything like that. Queen esther was given rule over the house of haman. The prayers of esther and mordecai are especially noteworthy. The book of esther is a romantic and patriotic tale, perhaps with some historical basis but with so little religious purpose the book purports to explain how the feast of purim came to be celebrated by the jews. Esther, the beautiful jewish wife of the persian king ahasuerus, and her cousin mordecai persuade the king to retract an order for the general annihilation of jews throughout the empire. Mordecai, being next to the king, brought blessing to the people esth.
Now when the time came for esther to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what hegai, the kings eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. Hes also a pretty good legal guardian for esther, his younger cousin, whom he raised as his own child. One source says that he regarded esthers lot as very unfortunate. Thats obvious, given that the book is named after her though she gets about the same amount of stage time as some of the other major characters like ahasuerus, haman, and mordecai. Further artificialities are clear in the way characters are paired e. The book of esther would also encourage them to worship the god of israel, though he is not mentioned by name in it ibid. One key figure in the book of esther, a man named mordecai, is someone we should know and learn from. According to rashi on chapter 9, verse 20 of the book, mordecai was the author. But it is also a wonderful story of courage and faith. Read about mordecai, who he was in the bible, and his importance to esther.
Grand old holy tells us the story of queen esther s wit and how she saves the lives of mordecai and fellow jews from persecution by haman. Tidings of this cruel scheme soon reached the ears of mordecai, who communicated with queen esther regarding it. Mordecai and esthers relationship it does indeed mean that they were cousins, but the commentators also note that when the megillah states that mordechai took her to him as a bat daughter it actually means to say bayitas in homemeaning that he married her and they built a home together. By alistair begg in this message, we meet esther and her cousin mordecai and learn how she was chosen to be queen of the medopersi. Mordecai is one of the main personalities in the book of esther in the hebrew bible. Among the numerous subplots is the personal hatred that haman bears for mordecai.
Esther, mordecai, xerxes, haman, vashti, and zeresh. The book of esther is also rich in types and patterns which expound for us, the purpose of god in redeeming mankind from the power of sin. Summary of the book of esther genuine leather bible. Without taking away from her courage, wisdom and devotion to god, the real hero of the book is a midlevel government official, mordecai. Esther 4 niv mordecai persuades esther to help bible. The book is named for the star of the story, a young jewish girl named hadassah who was taken from her guardian, mordecai, and forced to compete for the affection of the king. He has been believed by many to have been the author of the book of esther. Esther, the beautiful jewish wife of the persian king ahasuerus xerxes i, and her cousin mordecai persuade the king to retract. This book is the story of how godly queen esther came to the throne in persia and preserved her people from extinction through her wise trust in god. Mordecai was like a father to his cousin, queen esther pexels. Very briefly, the biblical book of esther narrates the marriage of esther, a jew, to the persian king ahasuerus. The story of esther, mordecai, haman and king ahasuerus, is a drama which. Mordecai learned of a plot to kill the king and made it known to esther who passed the news to the king. Mordecai informed esther of hamans plot against the jews, telling her to go before the king and plead for the jews lives esther 4.47 111 1584 1007 382 1405 143 19 392 638 228 1098 167 1552 1025 1190 1162 1163 769 620 132 1571 945 1365 51 331 1323 1092 927 1017 797 1048 59 942 1006 608 445 1367