Yesterday I argued that the Jews, in exile, often showed God’s greatness to the nations better than they did under the Davidic monarchy. The end of Esther reiterates the extent to which one Jewish man showcased God’s work in his life while serving a foreign king.
Mordecai is the focus of Esther 10. We are told that his story is written in the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia. This is a big deal. Many of Israel’s leaders have their names in Israel’s chronicles, but Mordecai has his name listed among the great leaders of one of history’s great empires. Mordecai has performed his duties so well that he would forever be remembered among Persian kings. Mordecai and other Jews, like Nehemiah, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shined like stars in the midst of their foreign rulers. God called them into difficult situations, and they stepped up by working hard, yet unto the Lord.
In exile, the Jews learned to faithfully follow their God while excelling at their vocations, so as to win favor from their neighbors. There is good reason why so many Christian leaders see the exiled Jews as a great example for how we should engage our culture(s) in all times.