[CF Devotionals] 2013-01-28 - What Would Mordecai Say?

Esther 3:12-4:3, 8:8-17

When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. (Esther 4:1)

Destruction, annihilation, and death, that's what King Xeres ordered for all Jewish people. The king did not know the decree was intended for Jews, but he signed the decree into law. Queen Esther, I, and our Jewish friends and family will die, because of Xeres' misguided trust in advisor Haman. How could the king do such a thing so vile? Innocent people, young and old, male or female will lose life and possessions. Haman must be feeling pretty sure of himself. I wonder how a man can live without a conscience.

What must be done to stop the senseless massacre? I was fuming on the inside, grief-stricken, and wailing on the outside. I put on my sackcloth and ashes, to mourn my people's fate. Others joined my weeping and waiting. At least we can prepare, if anyone can truly prepare for one's death. I'll have to thank Haman, the next time I see him.

I am happy to say that I am now most agreeable, since writing the above. Once King Xeres found out that Haman was a liar and a phony, the king replaced the law to destroy all Jews, with a law protecting Jews. "For the Jews, it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor." (Esther 8:16) My mourning has turned to happiness. Once we were convicted to die, not anymore.

Now that there's no threat of death, the Jewish people and I can be joyous again. Jews everywhere had a right to their property, the right to assemble, and could protect themselves when under an attack. Officials and governors, and princes from India to Ethiopia, knew of the changes.

Villages and people are happy again. Feasts and celebrations abound.

Gone are my rough sackcloth and ashes. I did not stay furious or defeated.


Lord, I have a reason to celebrate. I was suffering and felt there was no hope. Then You worked on my behalf, and hope has returned. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Detail a time when your mourning turned to joyfulness.

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