Esther reminds us of Joseph from Genesis thanks to God when He chose a leader. Back in Genesis, Joseph was chosen by God to be the right hand of the Pharaoh in Egypt. “You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours” (Genesis 41:40). Esther, despite being Jewish, was favored by God to be the queen.
Then you have Mordecai. After Mordecai’s rival, Haman, was hung, Mordecai was placed into Haman’s old job as second in command to the king. Mordecai takes over second in command, also despite that he was Jewish. “Mordecai, the Jew, was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held high in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of the Jews” (Esther 4:10).
And finally, we have Daniel. Despite having a book that is composed of multiple genres and mixed languages, the message gets combined and soon it will be known that the 70 year exile is indeed not the beginning of the end of the days. Daniel, like Esther and Mordecai, is favored to become the “chief administrator” and to be in charge of ruling over the entire province of Babylon. “Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many generous gifts. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and the administrator over all the wise men of Babylon” (Daniel 2:48)
Esther, Mordecai and Daniel are all chose to be second in command just as originally as Joseph was. All three, and including Joseph, were chosen to lead. They were chose to be placed in front of the people who needed help to believe that there was a king coming. They were placed as leaders to provide hope to everyone, including themselves, that there was a one true king coming, they just had to be patient and wait for Him.
First off it is obvious that they are all involved exile and then rise among the ranks of command to be able to speak for the people. Esther was a young beautiful Jewish girl who was adopted by her uncle Mordecai and became queen because King Ahasuerus divorced his wife, Vashti. The reason he divorced Vashti was because during a gathering she disobeyed his instruction, which was ruled, by the king and is right hand man Haman, that they believed that the Almight King would agree to the same thing. Mordecai does not like Haman and will not look at him as a higher class because Haman is a descendant of Amalek. Haman is so mad he convinces King Ahasuerus to kill all Jews because of the hate for Mordecai. The king agrees, but after a couple of days remembers Mordecai saved his life and forgets that he was never celebrated for the good deed. Ahasuerus then asks Haman how to honor a man properly for such a good deed, thinking the king was talking about himself he said gifts. Finding out it was Mordecai made Haman mad, Esther explains to the king that Haman his trying to destroy her people so the king orders Haman to be hung. Mordecai is then raised to the king’s right hand man and Esther, who was adopted by her uncle Mordecai and was in exile, were picked by God to go to second in command to lead His people away from the seed of Amalek, just like Joseph. Daniel also starts off living in exile and rises his way to second in command, but also lives a lifestyle like Joseph and is able to see and interpret visions given by God while in exile. Like Joseph and the Pharaoh, Daniel is right hand man to King Nebuchadnezzar interpreting the visions that are had, but everyone still sins just like Jerusalem. After King Nebuchadnezzar, his son Belshazzar take the throne and Daniel warns him as well that God as numbered there days and that the kingdom he reigns over will be destroyed. Daniel is then serving King Darius which the people become jealous that he is favored and persuade the king to make a law that no one can pray to the Lord except for through the king. Daniel sticks to how he prays and for being caught is punished by getting thrown into a lion’s den. The story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den is one that is very memorable because of how powerful God is to save Daniel from the lions, which Darius sees and gets him out of the den the next morning believing that God is protecting him. Daniel is appointed by God and follows the laws given to Moses allowing him to rise amongst the ranks to lead God’s people to belief that He will come back for a day of judgment if people do not repent and believe.