“Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, ‘There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain.’” (3:8)
This verse almost makes me laugh. The Jews were known for following their own rules and being different from the other nations? What?! Weren’t they exiled because they had gone too far to fit in with the other nations?
At least the majority was, I suppose. There were always the faithful: Daniel, Mordecai, etc., but they hadn’t escaped exile. In fact, our boy Daniel was snatched up in the first wave. Now Mordecai sees another horrible wave coming and he mourns, because he knows his innocence won’t necessarily spare him.
He tells Esther:
“Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews.” (4:13)
He tacks on that he believes salvation will come from somewhere–that the Jews can not possibly be to totally annihilated, because of the promises to Abraham–but he implores her to consider that, if the LORD does use her, their family may survive this one.
Isn’t guilt by association something we all learn in elementary school? You could be a model little second grader, but sitting next to the wrong person at the wrong time could get you missing recess. Maybe you didn’t participate in any ruckus, but you were with the perpetrators and didn’t stop it.
Mordecai knows “guilt” by association, and he’s not about to go down without a fight.
Where are you these days? Are you associated with a “guilty” party? Has the LORD placed you somewhere to do something? Sometimes it’s easier to just get swept up in a punishment, with our self-righteous hands up pleading, ‘this wasn’t me’ than it is to find a redemptive/restorative action.
Wherever you find yourself, ask the LORD, is there something you’d like me to do here?