sther chosen queen. (1-20) Mordecai discovers a plot against
the king. (21-23)
Verses 1-20: We see to what absurd practices those came, who were
destitute of Divine revelation, and what need there was of the
gospel of Christ, to purify men from the lusts of the flesh, and
to bring them back to the original institution of marriage.
Esther was preferred as queen. Those who suggest that Esther
committed sin to come at this dignity, do not consider the
custom of those times and countries. Every one that the king
took was married to him, and was his wife, though of a lower
rank. But how low is human nature sunk, when such as these are
the leading pursuits and highest worldly happiness of men!
Disappointment and vexation must follow; and he most wisely
consults his enjoyment, even in this present life, who most
exactly obeys the precepts of the Divine law. But let us turn to
consider the wise and merciful providence of God, carrying on
his deep but holy designs in the midst of all this. And let no
change in our condition be a pretext for forgetting our duties
to parents, or the friends who have stood in their place.
Verses 21-23: Good subjects must not conceal any bad design they know
of against the prince, or the public peace. Mordecai was not
rewarded at the time, but a remembrance was written. Thus, with
respect to those who serve Christ, though their recompence is
not till the resurrection of the just, yet an account is kept of
their work of faith and labour of love, which God is not
unrighteous to forget. The servant of God must be faithful to
every trust, and watchful for those who employ him. If he appear
to be neglected now, he will be remembered hereafter. None of
our actions can be forgotten; even our most secret thoughts are
written in lasting registers, (Re 20:12).