Lessons from Queen Esther: Treat Everyone Nicely

Lessons from Queen Esther: Treat Everyone Nicely

Purim Holiday is a very important Jewish holiday because it celebrates the time when the Jewish people were saved from extermination.

The characters involved in the events leading up to Purim are recorded in the book of Esther in the Bible and they are:
King Ahaseurus
King Ahaseurus was Esther’s husband and an important King since he Reigned from India to Ethiopia and ruled over a hundred and twenty seven provinces. (Esther 1:1)

Haman 
Haman was an Agagite and a powerful official in the government of King Ahaseurus. 

Mordechai
Mordechai was a Jew who sat within the King's gate.
He was also Queen Esther's cousin and he had brought her up because she was an orphan.


The events leading up to the Purim Holiday are as follows:

Haman Hatches a Plot
Mordechai refused to bow down to Haman and this infuriated Haman so much that he sought to kill not just Mordechai but all the Jews who were in King Ahaseurus' kingdom(Esther 3:5-6)

Haman went to King Ahaseurus and told him, "There are certain people in your kingdom who do not keep your laws and it is not fitting for you to let them live. 

If it pleases the king, let a decree be written to destroy them and I will pay 10,000 silver talents to those who do this job to bring it to the king's treasuries.

The king acquiesced and gave his signet ring to Haman to seal the decree that said all Jews would be killed on the 13th day of the month of Adar. (Esther 3:8-13) 

Mordechai Informs Esther
After Mordechai had learned of what would happen, he begun to mourn and put on sackcloth and ashes. Queen Esther sent him garments but he refused to accept them. 

Mordechai then informed her of the events that had transpired through her eunach Hathach. He even gave Hathach a copy of the decree to show it to Queen Esther. (Esther 4:1-8)  

There are very many lessons that we can learn from this story and one of them is:

Treat Everyone Nicely
This Purim story teaches us that we should treat everyone nicely even those who are of a lower socio-economic status than us because they may actually save our life.

We can see this from Mordechai who sat by the king's gate because he gave a copy of the decree that had been signed with the king's signet to the king's wife. 

Mordechai who was technically a watchman, had therefore heard about the decree and even obtained a copy of it before the Queen herself heard about it.  

Therefore, do not look down on the watchman who opens the gate as you drive in to your prestigious office because he may know things that will affect your fate at that company.

In addition, make it a point to also treat that poor watchman nicely be being courteous because whether they decide to reveal that sensitive information to you may depend on how you treat them. 

In this instance we can see that when Queen Esther learnt that Mordechai was wearing sackcloth and ashes, she sent him some clothes to wear.

When he refused to wear those clothes, she sent one of the eunuchs that her husband the king, had appointed to take care of her to find out why he was mourning.

As a result of her efforts, she learnt of the decree that had been passed and she was even given a copy to see with her own eyes. 

Therefore even it is against protocol for you to talk to the watchman, find a way to find out why he looks unusually sad or distressed because by trying to solve his problem you may end up solving a problem you did not know you had.
Blessed is the person who helps the poor for the Lord will deliver them from trouble, preserve them from death and bless them. (Psalm 41:1-3)

Some may argue that Queen Esther was concerned about Mordechai's  welfare because he was her cousin and the one who had brought her up, but she could have easily abandoned him because she was now safely ensconced in the palace as the Queen and she had not told anyone that she was a Jew (Esther 2:10)However, Esther knew better than to behave that way.


Anthology of Christian Bible Sermons by Dr Miriam Kinai

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