Esther 2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name.
23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.
Loyalty may seem to go unobserved but eventually yields unexpected and momentous dividends. The story of Esther’s uncle uniquely exemplifies this point. Mordecai sat in the king’s gate in Shushan. One day, while he sat in the gate, he overheard two men plotting to kill the king. When Mordecai heard the news, he immediately repeated these words to Queen Esther, thus foiling the plot. The two men were tried, found guilty, and ultimately executed. At first, Mordecai’s loyalty seemed to remain unnoticed, but one night the king was troubled and could not sleep. His servants, by divine providence, read the record of Mordecai’s loyalty to him (Esther 6:1-3). Soon thereafter, Mordecai’s loyalty was rewarded (Esther 6:4-11). His loyalty most likely saved his life and spared the lives of countless Jews (see Esther chapter 7).
- (For children): Jonathan’s loyalty did not go unnoticed by David. Following Jonathan’s death in battle, David rewarded Jonathan by taking care of his son Mephibosheth (read 2 Samuel chapter 9). God also noticed Jonathan’s loyalty as He does ours (2 Chronicles 15:7; Ephesians 6:8; Hebrews 6:10).
- (For everyone): Have you been loyal to the Lord Jesus Christ? Does it seem as though sometimes your loyalty goes unnoticed? When will your loyalty yield rewards?
- In what ways did Mordecai’s loyalty eventually help others? How could your loyalty to the Lord be a blessing to others? Who could be hurt if you ceased to be loyal?
- Ask the Lord to help you to be loyal when it seems nobody notices.
- Ask God to remind you that your labour for Him is not in vain.
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 4, WEEK 22)
Subject: Life (con’t)
Many people seek to keep the law in the strength of their own flesh, but the Bible says the law is “comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
The Lord places such a high value upon the lives of others that He gave His own Son. The Devil puts so much value in himself that he seeks to take the lives of others.