Good Guys Finish First

Esther 10 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores. And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai to which the king had raised him, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.

We have come to the end of our story. The book of Esther is truly one of the greatest stories of all time, isn’t it? It has drama, suspense, romance . . . what more could we ask for? It takes place in a pagan, godless kingdom. Yet God was there. It was an empire marked with greed and corruption. Yet God’s justice reigned.

In the midst of crime and corruption was a man named Mordecai, who was doing his best to bring up his orphan niece. Mordecai was not a perfect man, by any means. Still, he was a principled man. He stood by his convictions, and he stood by his people.

Mordecai served his king well, and saved him from a murderous plot. He refused to bow to a man he knew to be a scoundrel. Even in the midst of an empire that was corrupt to its core, Mordecai’s integrity was noticed. Xerxes himself made sure that Mordecai’s name and greatness were recorded in the scrolls, so that he would always be held in high esteem. So, I guess good guys really do finish first.

There is another Good Guy who finished first. In spite of Satan’s schemes and plots to do away with Christ, Christ won. Try as he did, Satan could not destroy Him. Jesus overcame evil when He rose from the dead. And He will overcome Satan once more – at the end of the story we are now living.

So you see, no matter what, Good will always overcome evil. And that always makes a great ending to any story, don’t you think?

Dear Father, I’m so glad Your goodness will prevail. Thank You for letting us know the end of the story.


3 Responses to Good Guys Finish First

  1. July 28, 2008 #

    Thank you so much for this study of Esther. I thought I knew the story fairly well, but I’ve learned a lot and seen some things from a different perspective.

  2. July 29, 2008 #

    Dear Renae,
    I am a sucker for happy endings.
    Every day TV’s overwhelming me with tragedy, suffering, injustice and pure evil. I don’t even have to turn on the tormenting box in the living room. Bad news in our city, in our neighborhood, in the air, it seems.
    I need little, true miracles like Chloe, like the story of queen Esther. I need the confirmation in my life that God will siege.

    When, a year ago, my dad lie on his death bed and I would try to give him anything that would comfort him on his painful last journey, I did not have much in myself.
    I played his favorite music on the i-pod, I prayed, held his hands, and read from the Holy Bible. About the THE happy end;
    Revelation 21
    The New Jerusalem
    ” 1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

    5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

    6He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

    It’s the wonderful happy end to everybody who chooses to accept the wonderful gift God gave us for free in Jesus Christ.
    Oh, that’ll be the day.
    From Felisol

  3. July 29, 2008 #

    Thanks, Lillie. I’ve learned a lot, too! I’m glad we did this.

    Felisol, what a perfect passage to share here! I can’t wait for that happy ending, can you? Thank you so much for sharing that. Yes, that’ll be the day.

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