MFM Daily Devotional 9 June 2023 

TOPIC:  Lessons from The Life of Mordecai (I)

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies make thy way straight before my face.

Psalm 5:8

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES: Do all that is within your power to help somebody today, because he may end up being your saviour tomorrow.

Henceforth, you will be in the right place at the right time, in the name of Jesus name.

FIRE SCRIPTURE: Esther 2:5-12

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 42; Psalms 1 -2; Acts 20 – 21

MFM Daily Devotional 9 June 2023 MESSAGE

Let us give a little background of the setting of this story before we continue. After the Babylonian Empire was defeated and replaced by the Persians in 539 BC, the centre of govemment for the Jewish exiles transferred to Persia. Earlier, the Babylonians had conquered and exiled the Jews throughout their empire (2 Kings 24:1). Babylon, also called the Neo-Babylonian Empire, broke the supreme ruling power of Assyria and controlled the world from 605-539B.C.

The Babylonian Empire lasted about 70 years. It was the same seventy years of Judah’s captivity. Babylon was finally ruled by King Cyrus of Persia (539 BC), who allowed the Jews to return to their homeland. The setting of the story of Esther and her uncle Mordecai is the city of Sushan, the Persian capital. It took place during the reign of King Ahasuerus (his Hebrew name).

Mordecai was Esther’s adoptive father, mentor, confidant and cheerleader who stood for the rights of their Jewish community. The life of Mordecai might seem secondary in the extraordinary story of Esther in the Bible, but he was more than just her uncle. He welcomed her as his own daughter.

He was instrumental in ensuring the safety of not only Esther and the Jewish people, but of exposing treachery in the kingdom of King Ahasuerus, Esther’s husband. His actions within Esther’s life story in the Bible characterised attributes that we can relate to or wish we embraced more of in life. The first lesson here is that he was a loving and accommodating man. He did not cast Esther away when her parents died.

We know what is happening in many societies these days. When parents die, their family members will take over properties and neglect the children of the deceased. They will neglect the children and subject them to deprivation and suffering. Conversely, Mordecai loved Esther like his own daughter and brought her up like one. God is watching how you treat others.

MFM Daily Devotional 9 June 2023 PRAYER POINTS

1. O Lord, let my life be full of Your kind of love for others, in the name of Jesus.
2. Anything assigned to frustrate my help for others, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
3. O God my Father, help me so that I can help others, in the name of Jesus.

4. My Father, let me be in the right place at the right time, in the name of Jesus
5. Powers of evil placement, I am not your candidate, die, in the name of Jesus.
6. Darkness, jump out of my life, in the name of Jesus.
7. Every hand of Haman in the affairs of my life, wither, in the name of Jesus.