April 13
‘But all who devour you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will despoil.’ Jeremiah 30:16
Bible reading: Esther 6:1-14 (Go to the Bible passage)
Not only the Bible, but also world history tells us, ‘One who touches you - Israel - touches the apple of My eye’ (Zechariah 2:8). If someone has doubts whether God exists, it would perhaps be better for him to read the history of Israel than the Bible. For from the history of Israel it is abundantly clear that this is God’s people. This will surely be demonstrated in future years, when all biblical prophecies about Israel will be wonderfully fulfilled.
Mostly, the Bible is a closed book to anyone doubting God’s existence, only to be disclosed when he turns to God (2 Corinthians 3:16). Only then will we really marvel at the history of Mordecai.
Mordecai was a righteous man who saved king Xerxes’s life (king Ahasuerus in other translations) by exposing a conspiracy. On that occasion he was not rewarded, which later turned out to fit in perfectly with God’s plans. The reward came at the right time, which is God’s time, when the Jewish people were threatened with extermination.
Haman’s murderous intentions were thwarted: what he had meant to be for himself was given to Mordecai, and the fate destined for Mordecai was to be Haman’s. This was not just an isolated event. No, also throughout modern history it has been obvious that those who maltreat the Jews fare badly, and who take to heart the fate of the Jews, prosper. In Esther’s days people already knew: 'Since Mordecai (…) is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him — you will surely come to ruin!’ (:13).
Let us bear in our hearts the people of Israel, out of which our Messiah is born, and let us continually remember them in our prayers!
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