Esther 8:15 Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced.
The fact that Mordecai left the king’s presence seems to suggest that the king was overseeing the writing of this edict – which would have been good since this was his kingdom, he had just recently been betrayed, and they were talking about a possible mini-war taking place. However, when Mordecai left, he had an entirely new wardrobe. This brings up two things to consider:
- He was wearing the colors and articles of clothing that revealed he held an extremely prominent position within the empire [this is likely what Haman wore].
- There are only two times in the book of Esther when Mordecai’s clothes are described: when he was mourning (4:1-2) and now when he was rejoicing (8:15).
All of this led the city of Susa to shout for joy. Why? Because Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
Mordecai’s clothes are only described twice in the book of Esther.
- In 4:1-2 he wore sackcloth and ashes because he was in great despair — a man of sorrows acquainted with grief and appointed to suffer.
- But here, in 8:15, he is seen wearing royal robes and a golden crown. Basically, he was victorious! In one sense, he went from the suffering servant to the royal prince.
Be sure to catch the following parallels that God was working out in Esther’s day:
The KING — the Father of the empire and the Ruler of the world, issued a decree that everyone would die. However, He also issued a second decree that described a way to be saved from the coming judgment. This edict of salvation has been stamped by the SEAL of the KING and the KING’S SEAL cannot be broken or undone or removed or taken away (cf. Eph. 1:13-14). And the evidence of GOD’s deliverance is seen in the fact that a man who was destined to suffer and die has now ultimately been exalted to the most prominent position in the kingdom.
And just like how Mordecai was given the king’s seal which meant that all authority had been given to him, and he sent out this good news into all the world, in the New Testament JESUS said that all authority had been given to Him (Matt. 28:18-20).
So, even though the LORD is not mentioned by Name in this book, the invisible hand of God is clearly seen and evident (cf. Rom. 1:20). Within this chapter, hidden deep in the Old Testament, is a veiled picture of the Triune Nature of God!