Esther 2* Esther chosen queen. (1-20) Mordecai discovers a plot againstthe king. (21-23)1-20 We see to what absurd practices those came, who weredestitute of Divine revelation, and what need there was of thegospel of Christ, to purify men from the lusts of the flesh, andto bring them back to the original institution of marriage.Esther was preferred as queen. Those who suggest that Esthercommitted sin to come at this dignity, do not consider thecustom of those times and countries. Every one that the kingtook was married to him, and was his wife, though of a lowerrank. But how low is human nature sunk, when such as these arethe leading pursuits and highest worldly happiness of men!Disappointment and vexation must follow; and he most wiselyconsults his enjoyment, even in this present life, who mostexactly obeys the precepts of the Divine law. But let us turn toconsider the wise and merciful providence of God, carrying onhis deep but holy designs in the midst of all this. And let nochange in our condition be a pretext for forgetting our dutiesto parents, or the friends who have stood in their place. 21-23 Good subjects must not conceal any bad design they knowof against the prince, or the public peace. Mordecai was notrewarded at the time, but a remembrance was written. Thus, withrespect to those who serve Christ, though their recompence isnot till the resurrection of the just, yet an account is kept oftheir work of faith and labour of love, which God is notunrighteous to forget. The servant of God must be faithful toevery trust, and watchful for those who employ him. If he appearto be neglected now, he will be remembered hereafter. None ofour actions can be forgotten; even our most secret thoughts arewritten in lasting registers, #Re 20:12|
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