Mordecai Acts To Save The King Sermon Outline - Esther 2:19-23

Our text for this morning is Esther 2:19-23,

19 Now when the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate. 20 Esther had not made known her kindred or her people, as Mordecai had commanded her, for Esther obeyed Mordecai just as when she was brought up by him. 21 In those days, as Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 And this came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in the name of Mordecai. 23 When the affair was investigated and found to be so, the men were both hanged on the gallows. And it was recorded in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.

Our text has three historical facts that we will consider today.

  1. The virgins were gathered together again

  2. Esther continues to keep her secret

  3. Mordecai becomes aware of Bigthan and Teresh’s plot to kill the king

The Virgins Were Gathered Together For A Second Time (19)

Verse 19 says, “Now when the virgins were gathered together a second time…”.

Let me give you four possible interpretations for this verse.

  1. Some say that Ahasuerus continued to add to his harem.

  2. Perhaps this is the original group of women who were gathered in Susa but who had not seen the king. Perhaps these ‘virgins were gathered together a second time’ and sent home.

  3. Perhaps this was another group of virgins who were trying to supplant Esther after she had been made queen.

  4. Some suggest that the same virgins who came together in 2:8 and were all brought together again to honor Esther when she was made queen.1

Option #1 is that the king continued to add to his harem.

  • If this is true then the excitement of the royal wedding would quickly be tempered by this scene.

  • The honeymoon period between King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther would be short lived.

  • Esther would be reminded that she lives first among many other women and that the number of women is always growing.

  • Debra Reid writes, ‘Verse 19 brings reality to the euphoria of the previous verse. It reminds the reader that Esther operates in an environment that uses and abuses women who can be gathered at a whim.2


[To use an analogy, we could say that this is like a starting quarterback who knows that they may be replaced at any moment by someone else who can fill their spot. There is always the second and third string player who is waiting to impress the coaching staff.]

Application to consider: Marriage can purify you through trials and joy; but only God can sanctify your heart!

  • When the king fell in love with Esther we can assume that he probably changed in some ways for the better. However, the only way that King Ahasuerus would ever be able to overcome sinful thoughts, habits, addictions and lusts would be to turn to the LORD.

  • Esther was beautiful but she is no cure for the king and his pride and for his sinful inclinations.

  • The only remedy for sexual sins, carnal habits, fleshly desires, or any sin is the sanctifying work of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit upon the heart.

  • Wives may think that they can miraculously transform their husbands; husbands think that they can change their wife; but the LORD alone can do these things.

  • You may be an instrument that God uses in this process but not the ultimate cure.


Option #2 suggests that the remaining virgins who had been in to see the king were gathered together and returned home.3 It brings joy to my heart to think that this might have happened to those women who had not been with the king.

I don’t know how likely this scenario is simply because of the way that godless people operate. The time and investment has been made in this process and these things are not reversed apart from a true reformation of ones life by the grace of God.

  • We saw in 1 Kings that Solomon had many wives and many concubines. Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines! (1