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Reply To: Analyze one of the supplementary Bible passages in light of the course content. Do you see evidence of the Hebraic map? Did anything about the passage surprise you? Was there any part of the passage that stuck out to you in particular?

Collin Bastian

Rereading Esther 3-9 after listening to this first Pathfinder course, I found that I recognized elements of the Hebraic map and of Hebraic leadership in several areas in the passage. They are evident from the very beginning, in fact: in Esther 3:2, we see that Mordecai refuses to bow down to King Xerxes. Haman, enraged, conspires to kill not only Mordecai, but Mordecai’s entire people, the Jews. At first, this seems like quite the overreaction, until one realizes that Mordecai, like his people, operates via a Hebraic map. Mordecai understands that temporal rulers, like Xerxes, do not deserve our ultimate and final obedience. Such a thing is due only to God. This attitude is indeed a threat to any temporal authority which seeks to place itself in the seat of God, which Xerxes attempts to do, and which Haman correctly identifies. But this does not mean that Mordecai did not promote the welfare of the state. Instead, in accordance with his Hebraic map, we learn in Esther 6:2 that Mordecai exposed two officers who plotted to have Xerxes assassinated. What the story suggests, therefore, is not that Mordecai viewed Xerxes and the Persian authorities with any particular disdain, but rather that he accurately follows the principles of his Hebraic map, which roots all things in God and an understanding of history whereby He redeems the world and establishes his true Kingdom on earth.