Mordecai – An unsung hero
This is a lesser known hero in the Bible. Not a lot of things are written about him and as a matter of fact his name (other than lineage) only appears in one book, Esther. And in that book he is a main character.
Mordecai was a Jew and he raised a beautiful girl named Hadassah, who was really his Uncle’s daughter. Mordecai raised Hadassah as his own daughter because she had no mother or father (Esther 2:7).
Mordecai was in the service of the king in the palace since the time he had been held captive during two previous kingships. Well, as the account goes the current king, Ahasuerus, was in search of a new queen because the former queen was dethroned because she refused to come when the king summoned her. The king was calling for young maidens to come to the palace and be in the custody of Hegai, the keeper of women while they were prepared to audition before the king. Among these women was Esther (Hadassah), Mordecai’s daughter, whose nationality as a Jew was hidden from Hegai. Esther was well liked by Hegai so he took care to give her the things for her purification so that she could be presented to the king.
Long story short – the king liked Esther too and took her as his queen. Throughout the book of Esther you see that Mordecai continues to have a relationship with Esther, only in private because he does not want anyone to know of her true heritage. Mordecai is a man of God (even though God is never mentioned in this book). It comes to pass that Mordecai overhears a plot to kill the king and he tells this to Esther, who then tells the king, giving credit to Mordecai for the information.
As the story moves on a certain man named Haman was promoted as one of the king’s right hand man and everyone bowed to him but Mordecai refused to bow to him. Because of this Haman sought to kill all the Jews in the kingdom because he knew these were Mordecai’s people. Haman convinced the king that this was the right thing to do and so the king authorized the massacre.
This plot greatly distressed Mordecai and when Esther’s servant brought her the news that Mordecai was outside in the city she sent someone to go find out what was distressing him. Mordecai sent word back to the queen of the evil plot. Mordecai convinced Esther to appeal to the king and because of Mordecai’s persistence the king called off the plan and eventually even executed Haman, whom he learned was plotting to kill the people of the man who saved his life in times past.
Many would believe that Esther was the hero in this account, but I believe Mordecai’s care for her from childhood and continued love for her was the reason she risked her own life to appeal to the king. Mordecai’s cry for help to his little girl – now the queen saved the queen and her people. Mordecai was an unsung hero.