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Esther 3

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Esther 3

Agagite — An Amalekite of the royal seed of that nation, whose kings were successively called Agag.

John Wesley’s Notes

Why won’t Mordecai bow?

            It may have been pride.

            Nowhere in our text is there any suggestion that bowing down to Haman was an act of worship or an acknowledgement of deity.

            What Mordecai would not do in response to Haman, other godly Jews would and did do in response to their superiors.  Examples include Joseph shaving in Egypt,

Not only were Mordecai, Esther, and the residents of Susa condemned to death, but all the Jews throughout the Persian Empire. This includes the Jews who have returned to the Promised Land! Can you imagine the jubilation of the Samaritans when they read the Jews were not only condemned to death, but they could take their possessions as well? It was a dream come true to the enemies of Israel.

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