Are you the type of person who in the face of adversity stands down and gives in to the pressure relinquishing all that you stood for? Do you on the other hand stand firm and not let all that you know to be good just buckle but remain strong? It is often said that we really don’t know what we would do in the face of adversity until it happens to us. Would we be weak or would we be strong? There may come a time in our lives when we have to decide what our priorities are, to be truthful to ourselves and what we believe or to weaken at the last-minute…….
Standing Tall (Esther 10:3)
His family had come to Persia as slaves, captives of Jerusalem’s last stand against the Babylonians. Yet even in enemy territory, Mordecai succeeded in business. His relative Esther found more success; she was selected from all the beautiful women in the land as King Xerxes’ queen.
With his connections inside the palace, Mordecai probably had high ambitions. He would have to hide his background, though, and he strongly advised Esther to keep her Jewish heritage a secret as well.
Yet when a crisis came, Mordecai stood tall, showing extraordinary courage. The king had named the evil Haman his second-in-command, and everyone bowed before him—everyone except Mordecai, who stayed on his feet. His motive? Perhaps he knew of Haman’s character and of his hatred for Jews.
When Haman set out to annihilate all Jews in the empire, Mordecai urged Esther to “come out” completely, revealing her race even at the risk of her life. Clearly, loyalty to their people came before success or safety.
Mordecai’s stand and Esther’s courage led to a dramatic turnaround for the whole community of Jewish exiles. King Xerxes rewarded Mordecai with a high position in his court. More importantly, Mordecai’s own community honored him “because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews” (Est 10:3).
The feast of Purim, still celebrated by Jews today, commemorates these amazing events. Against history’s dark background of anti-Semitism, Mordecai’s triumph shines.
Whom do you speak up for? For what group would you willingly risk your life or your reputation?
Taken from NIV Essentials Study Bible