Mordecai - The Power of One


Message Notes & Group Questions

“Think of the difference one vote can make.” –Chuck Swindoll

2 Chronicles 16:9 - "For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

Jeremiah 5:1 - "Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.

Ezekiel 22:30 - "I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one.

Esther 3:1 - After these things King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him.

Esther 3:6 - But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.

Esther 3:8-9 - Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every other people, and they do not keep the king's laws, so that it is not to the king's profit to tolerate them. 9 If it please the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who have charge of the king's business, that they may put it into the king's treasuries.”

Esther 4:1 - When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry.

Esther 4:2 - He went up to the entrance of the king's gate, for no one was allowed to enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth.

Esther 4:3 - And in every province, wherever the king's command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes.

Esther 4:4 - When Esther's young women and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen was deeply distressed. She sent garments to clothe Mordecai, so that he might take off his sackcloth, but he would not accept them.

Esther 4:9-11 - 9 And Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, 11 “All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.”

Mordecai is also in a dilemma because Esther is his little girl…he’s raised her, he loves her like a daughter and now he is asking her to risk her life. But he has to somehow convince her that she has been put into this position for a purpose. God has providentially brought her to this place to make a difference…

Esther 4:12-14 - And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. 13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

What Was Esther’s Response?

Esther 4:16 - 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”

What Can We Learn From Mordecai’s Story?

1.Making a difference begins when “one person” truly believes that “one person” can really make a difference.

2.God can use us when we willing to trust Him and move from our harbors of safety out into the open waters of faith.

3. The Power of One Is Really a story of the One who has rescued us and has given us victory over sin and death.

Romans 5:19 - For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.

Group Questions:

As Esther chapter 4 begins, Esther has been made queen of Persia. Her uncle, Mordecai, who had adopted and raised Esther, keeps in contact with her at the palace through messengers. Mordecai and Esther are both Jews, living in Persia. Mordecai has just learned that one of the king’s wicked noblemen, Haman, has tricked the king into passing a law that will have all of the Jews in the kingdom put to death. He sends word to Esther asking for help, requesting that she go to the king in order to save the Jews. Esther responds to Mordecai by explaining the risk involved: even as queen she is not allowed to approach the king without being summoned. Such a social faux pas was punishable by death and Esther had not been summoned!

We can learn some important lessons as we see Mordecai’s response back to Esther and Esther’s courageous choice. 

Read Esther Chapter 4

Q1: When you face a super-major challenge in your life, how do you tend to respond?

Re-read Esther 4:12-14

Q2: Mordecai tells Esther that if she doesn’t act courageously, “deliverance will arise elsewhere.” In other words, God is still in control and His plan won’t be thwarted even if Esther turns coward. If God will always be faithful to his sovereign plan, why do you think he asks for our faithfulness? Share your thoughts.

Q3: Mordecai said to Esther, “and who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.” Mordecai is trying to get Esther to recognize God’s providence in her becoming queen – to see her placement in the palace, not as happenstance, but as a result of God’s shuffling of circumstances. Do you think we often don’t recognize the opportunities God is giving us to do important things for his kingdom? If so, why do you think that is?

Q4: Mordecai’s words are full of wisdom. He challenged Esther saying, “Don’t think a choice to save your own life will secure your life.” In fact, disobedience to God would do the exact opposite; she and her father’s house would be cut off. In a similar teaching, Jesus said, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). In what ways do you think we “lose life” when we are unwilling or too afraid to follow God when he leads us?

Q5: Jesus told us that he “came to seek and to save those who are lost”. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus saves! Is there a circumstance you are dealing with right now that you need to let Jesus’ power, his wisdom, his protection come to your rescue? If so, share how your group can pray for you this week.

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