- Select from these and earlier chapters the outstanding features of Mordecai’s character. What was the source of his moral strength?
- Notice here the severity of the judgment on the wicked. Are we in danger of underestimating this part of ‘the whole will of God’ (Acts 20:27)? Cf. Heb. 10:30, 31; 1 Pet. 4:17, 18; Rev. 20:12-15.
- Why was the Feast of Purim instituted? See 9:22; cf. Exod. 12:14-17. Do we ever encourage and challenge ourselves by remembering God’s mercies to us? Cf. Deut. 8:2; 1 Cor. 11:24-26.
Note. 9:26. ‘Purim…Pur’: these words are derived from the Assyrian Puru, meaning a small stone that was used to cast lots. See 3:7; 9:24