The “Little-Man” Ministry
Esther 2:5-7 says, “Now there was a Jew, in Susa the capital, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, who had been taken into exile from Jerusalem with the captives who had been exiled with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had exiled. And he was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. Now the young lady was beautiful of form and face, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.”
One of the meanings of Mordecai’s name is “little man.” He was the cousin and adoptive father of queen Esther, and a deliverer under Divine providence of the children of Israel from the destruction plotted by Haman, the chief minister of King Ahasuerus.
Mordecai was a “little-man,” a seemingly insignificant person in the ruling elite’s eyes. He was despised for his lack of fear toward them. Eventually, God raised him, with Queen Esther, into a place of ruling authority. He became second only to King Ahasuerus of Persia and great among his own people, the Jews.
Publicly refusing to bow down to the wicked, arrogant Haman, the King’s right-hand man, would bring about a confrontation that at first looked bad for him as well as the entire Jewish nation. Haman sent out a decree to “destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day.” God would use this situation to deliver His people, revealing to them, as well as us, that their fate was not in the hands of their enemies, but of Almighty God. Mordecai instituted Purim, the celebration by the Jewish nation commemorating this great deliverance by God.
Esther, his cousin, was placed under his care. She listened to him even after she became Queen. He was very instrumental in her maturing process, helping her to prepare for the throne. Mordecai also sustained and protected her through a time of great danger. His life and ministry are a “type” of end-time ministry, describing those who will be used to prepare and protect the Bride of Christ.
Under Divine providence, Mordecai was used to deliver God’s people from destruction that had been plotted against them by their enemies. Esther 9:1 says, “on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary (the opposite occurred) so that the Jews themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them.”
“To gain the mastery” means “to dominate, to govern, have dominion or power over.” Through the decree of Queen Esther and Mordecai who had been raised to a place of ruling authority by God for that time in history, the decree of judgment upon God’s people was turned about so that the exact opposite occurred. This is an Old Testament type of what will soon take place. At the end of this age, when it looks like Satan will have total world dominion, God’s government will be established, taking back dominion of this world through the authoritative decree of God’s “Mordecais.” He sought the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of his whole nation. So will the end-time Mordecais.
Pastor Tim Bauer