We at times find ourselves where we least expect to be all to The glory of God, Amen.
Abraham lifting the dagger to slay his son Isaac (from whom a nation of service to God came from), Moses – a murderer, almost died from hunger and thirst, Daniel in the lions den; Shadrach, Menachem and Abednego in the furnace; Samson – blinded and shorn, brought glory to God and fulfilled his purpose.
Stubborn; though they may be Jonah in the whales digestive tract.
Esther before Ahasuerus by Franc Kavčič, 1815
Mordecai resided in Susa (Shushan or Shoushan), the metropolis of Persia (now Iran). He adopted his orphaned cousin (Esther 2:7), Hadassah (Esther), whom he brought up as if she were his own daughter. When “young virgins” were sought, she was taken into the presence of King Ahasuerus and was made queen in the place of the exiled queen Vashti. Subsequently, Mordecai discovered a plot of the king’s chamberlains Bigthan and Teresh to assassinate the king. Because of Mordecai’s vigilance, the plot was foiled.
Haman the Agagite had been raised to the highest position at court. In spite of the king’s decree that all should prostrate themselves before Haman, Mordecai refused to do so. Haman, stung by Mordecai’s refusal, resolved to kill not only Mordecai but all Jewish exiles throughout the Persian empire, and won the king’s permission to carry out his plan. Mordecai communicated Haman’s scheme to Queen Esther, who used her favor with the king to reverse the scheme, leading the king to authorize Jews to kill their enemies, which they did.
During all this, the king had happened to remember Mordecai’s service in foiling the assassination plot, and had asked Haman how a person who did a great service to the king should be honored. Haman answered, thinking the question was about him; and the king followed this advice, and honored Mordecai, and eventually made Mordecai his chief advisor. Haman was executed on gallows he had erected for Mordecai.
The feast of Purim celebrates these reversals