Synopsis Esther 1:1-3 11/9/2020
Mordecai had a dream. In it, two great dragons fought a battle. And the just people of the world were threatened with death should the one dragon win. When he awoke, he tried for an entire day to understand the meaning of the dream, without success.
Mordecai worked at King Ahasuerus’ court. And he lodged nearby with two eunuchs. After some time, it became clear that the two eunuchs were conspiring to assassinate King Ahasuerus.
So, Mordecai reported these men to the king. In accordance with due process, the eunuchs were investigated, found guilty and executed.
Despite this, there was a very high-ranking court official named Haman who was offended by the execution of the two eunuchs. As a result, Haman hated Mordecai for his role in the eunuchs’ deaths.
Mordecai was an exiled Jew living in the capital city of the Persian empire. Though an outsider, he was wise and a man of principle. For this reason, high ranking officials selected to serve in the king’s court. And he remained faithful to trust shown to him in this placement.
No matter which social contract community a person may live, there is a conflict with the Authentic Community. No modern or ancient system of government has ever fully espoused the way of the Lord.
Knowing this, I might engage politically in order to right the universal wrong. For example, I could attempt to gain enough control over my country’s social contract that I forced it correspond to the commands of Christ. Or, alternatively, I could withdraw from the political arena by isolating and segregating myself only with likeminded people.
But God has placed us “in the world”, even though He insists we should not be “of the world”. So, the call is to fiercely and personally love the people who are right in front of me. To abide by the laws of the land where I dwell. And, when the laws of personal behavior are contrary to the commands of Christ, to forsake everything no matter what cost to remain in the way of Christ. And in this way, to give testimony to the wisdom of God.
“Be subject to every human institution for the Lord’s sake, whether it be to the king as supreme or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the approval of those who do good. For it is the will of God that by doing good you may silence the ignorance of foolish people.” 1Peter 4:13-15