Work/Works 8

This post is Day 8 in a series of studies about “Work/Works”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Work/Works – Day 8

Esther 10:3

Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.

The Thought

In most of the Old Testament we do not read a qualification about anyone being jewish! Never do we find the phrase “Moses the Jew” or “King David the Jew”. In fact, it is the only time in the Old Testament that we read that qualification of anybody. Nowhere else in my New International Bible is anyone described as being “the Jew”! Mordecai alone is privileged in being qualified in this way!

The point is that the Jewish people did not get high ranking jobs in the palaces of that period in history. Mordecai worked hard for his position. And he pushed Esther to her limits before she agreed to do what he asked. But the Lord worked with them, and they won the battle to save the Jewish nation from extinction.

It is interesting that all through history, the Jewish nation have been threatened by other nations. Is that because God has worked with them, and blessed them, and made them abundant? Remember that He promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars and as the sand on the seashore (Genesis 22:17). That was after Abraham showed his willingness to sacrifice his only son Isaac.


Praise God for this story of Esther and Mordecai, and the lessons we learn from it. That even if all the odds are against you because of your birth, you can still succeed in life by being obedient to what God says.

Esther and Mordecai stood up for their threatened people. They won that battle without any harm being done except to Haman who was the evil influence in that part of history. Take time to read the book of Esther.

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