Mordecai Did According To All Esther Commanded


“Esther had not yet showed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her:  for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai like was when she was brought up with him”  (Esther 2:20, KJV).


“So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther had commanded him” (Esther 4:17, KJV).


We see a change in these two verses. For every young person that is looking to come into their own, who is looking to be respected, who is wondering when they will finally be trusted?  They should take counsel from the life of Esther.

Esther had done all that her cousin Mordecai asked of her from the time she was a child.  She was torn from her homeland of Judah and carried away into slavery with Mordecai in a Babylonian deportation and then taken into Persia. 

At chapter two of Esther verse 20, Esther has just become the Queen and she does as Mordecai requested of her, listening and obeying his command.  But then an evil plan is hatched in the recesses of archenemy Haman’s wicked mind to kill all the Jews.  At this point Mordecai asks Esther to go unto the King, her husband, and make the request to end this plot of awful vicious depravity.

Esther sends word to Mordecai to ensure that Mordecai realizes what he is asking.  For the Queen to approach the King without being summoned could procure her death.  Mordecai assures her he does understand, and that in fact, if she tries to protect her own life she is just fooling herself because she will not escape and her fate either way will be death.  However, he continues to explain, if she shirks her ministry God will send another deliverer.  But if she steps up and walks into the ministry for which God had placed her in the kingdom for, she can be a part of the deliverance, but it is only if she so chooses.

To this she sends an answer back to Mordecai, “you and all the Jews pray and fast for me and if I die, I die”.  It is at this moment that the verse in 4:17 is born, for Mordecai reacts, doing what Esther asks.  He no longer had to carry this burden alone.  See, it was at this moment that Esther no longer cared about herself.  It was at this moment when she submits to the ministry’s calling, even to the point of death; when she thinks about others above herself; it is at the moment when she is willing to sacrifice herself for the good of the people, that Mordecai is able to step aside and give the reins to Esther.  She is now ready to accomplish what she had been placed here on this earth, placed in the palace to do.  The mantel passes from Mordecai to her.  She is now become a woman of maturity, a woman of God.  Someone you can trust with your life, someone who has felt the call of God on her life and is willing to pay the ultimate price to accomplish that ministry. 

It is easy to submit to one who would die for you?  It is not easy to do for that one, all that they may ask of you to do?

Are you looking to be respected, to come into your own?  Are you desiring your children, your friends, your spouse, or perhaps your parents to give you more respect, to give you more freedom?  Then quit worrying about only yourself, consider others, step up and be an adult, be the Christian you need to be.  Be willing to pay the price, no matter what that cost may be, and you may just be surprised at how the Mordecai in your life will react.


“For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh”  (2 Corinthians 4:11, KJV).