by Ivor Powell

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Mordecai: The Insignificant Jew Who Became a Big Man (15 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
Esther 2:5

Probably one of the most celebrated Jews mentioned in the Bible was Mordecai who sat in the gateway of Shushan, the capital city of the Persian empire. The writings of David describe many warriors who became famous because of their military exploits. The Bible also tells of Solomon and other notabilities whose wisdom was recognized internationally. Nehemiah and Ezra were patriots whose fervor inspired the returning captives to build the walls of their ransacked city. Samson took the jawbone of an ass and overwhelmed a host of Philistines. The heroes of Israel were innumerable, but it is extremely doubtful whether any of them surpassed the Jew who every day sat in the gateway of Shushan. His fortitude was outstanding; he was a man who kept his head by using it!

Love Overcoming Loneliness

"And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter" (Esther 2:7). On three different occasions Jews were taken as prisoners to Babylon, and at some time during that difficult period the parents of Mordecai's cousin died, leaving their child an orphan. Her age was not revealed, but it seems she was much younger than the man who welcomed her to his heart and home. Mordecai was himself a captive, but it appears he had gained favor with his captors for he "sat in the gate." That term was used to describe citizens who occupied a prominent place where people could seek their counsel. When Mordecai became aware of the plight of his cousin, he decided to adopt her into his family. Self interests were forgotten; his love for the defenseless orphan overcame any reluctance to add her to his family. That was the greatest thing he ever did. People who care for others ...

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