Obedient Adult

  1. We have a picture in Esther of honoring your mother and father, and Esther doesn’t even have a mother and father. She is raised by her cousin, Mordecai. We don’t know from what age that happened.
  2. What we do know is that she respected Mordecai as her father. She obeys him in all things.
  3. She doesn’t tell anyone she is Jewish because he told her not to.
  4. At his request, she passes on information to the king about an assassination plot.
  5. Esther is submissive and meek and quiet. She pleases those in charge of her at the king’s palace and follows their advice.
  6. She is chosen the queen, after at least a year’s wait. Our hearing of the stories go by a lot quicker than the real thing. Life takes time. We wait.
  7. Esther will continue to listen to Mordecai even after she is queen, though her fear will cause her to question. She does still honor Mordecai for the rest of her life, as far as we know.
  8. Honoring your parents isn’t something that stops when you become an adult. It’s a lifelong thing.
  9. In American culture, we have the idea that at eighteen a child is an adult and somehow that makes them independent. It’s an arbitrary thing based on the laws of the country, not the laws of God.
  10. The law of God puts no boundaries on honoring your parents, except if they are trying to get you to worship idols. There will always be a higher call to honor and obey God.
  11. Stop and think of ways you assert your independence from your parents. Are any of them things that dishonor your parents?
  12. One way to honor your parents is to forgive them any perceived or actual hurts and respect the fact they gave you life and God chose them as the best parents for you. Honor them, not for their perfection, but for their position in your life.