In those days while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who protected the entrance, became angry and plotted to assassinate King AhasuerusEsther 2:21 NET
Throughout the whole process of Esther becoming Queen, she had been advised by Mordecai to keep her lineage a secret. So, she had not told anyone, even King Xerxes, that she was a Jew and belonged to the people who were captured from Israel so long ago. She continued to take advice from Mordecai whilst she was Queen, as he had her best interests at heart.
One day Mordecai overheard two men plotting to kill the King. He told Esther about the plot and she told the King. When the men were found guilty of plotting to kill the King, they were killed, and it was all written down in the official records.
Mordecai didn’t have to tell the king about the plot to kill him. After all, Mordecai was a captive in the land, why should he care if the king died? But, Mordecai honoured King Xerxes, because he knew it was by God’s power that he had become king. No matter what we think of the rulers of the countries we live, we are called to respect and obey them.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by GodRomans 13:1 NET
- Who discovered a plot to kill King Xerxes?
- What did Mordecai do?
- Was Queen Esther hiding her heritage?
Thank you God for the people you have given authority to. Please help us to respect those who are in charge.