Friday, July 15, 2011

30 Days of Esther: Day 7

"And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence." - Esther 3:2

Haman, the villain of the book of Esther, has now entered the scene. He's been promoted above all the other princes by the king. All the officers of the king bow and reverence him, but Mordecai will not bow before him.
This was no sign of disrespect. As we look deeper into Mordecai's character we'll see that he is very respectful. He not only respects authority, but shows due respect for all others around him. However, Mordecai was a Jew and he would not bow down before anyone but his Lord.
When looking at this I'm impressed with his resolve not to respect man more than God. He could have faced punishment, in fact his whole peopl faced annihilation, rather than exalt man.
We are living in an age of human worship. We hang on every article that features a celebrity and follow their lives like children with faces pressed against the glass windows of a candy store.
Do we reverence man more than God? Do we allow the opinions of others to dictate how and when we share the truth of God's Word? Mordecai did not fear man, even in the face of extreme persecution, can we be bold in the face of nothing more than mockery?

30 Days of Esther Days 1-6

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