Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people” (Esth 10:3 ESV2011).

Mordecai cared enough to take and raise Esther when her parents died (Esth 2:7). He faithfully served king Ahasuerus and saved him from a possible assassination (Esth 2:19-23). When Haman decreed the destruction of all Jews, Mordecai stepped forward and eventually saved his people (Esth 4).

Mordecai did not only love God, but he also loved God's people to the extend of taking risks to save them.

His love for Esther meant that he should take and raise her as his own child. His love for God's people meant that he should face the enemy to stop the massacre of God's people.

There is so much to learn for us from the legacy of Mordecai. Many of us claim to love God and our neighbours. But do we love God's people to the extend of facing the enemy to save them?

Today, Christians (God's adopted people) are attacked from every corner intellectually, physically, politically and economically. Today, Jews (God's chosen people) are fighting for their survival as Muslims are attacking them with the determination to kill every Jew until none is left. More and more the nations of the world are turning against Israel and supporting Islamic destruction of Jews. Today there is so much need for Christian men like Mordecai who will stand up and defend Jews and Christians from the attacks of the enemy.

Farther, forgive my selfishness and cowardice. May I love and stand up for your people. Bless me with love for them and boldness to defend them.