10 Now King Ahasuerus laid a tribute on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. 2 And all the accomplishments of his authority and strength, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia? 3 For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.
In what appears to be a postscript or summary concerning the book of Esther, it is noted that the rest of the acts about the king and Mordecai were written in the Persian Book of the Chronicles of the Kings. Ahasuersus put a tax on the land and the coastlands of the sea, and he remained strong until his defeat at the hands of the Greeks. Mordecai remained great according to the king’s advancing of him, which ultimately pointed to the faithfulness of God. Mordecai was second in command with the king himself only being more powerful politically. Mordecai’s legacy is one of greatness among his people, for he had their favor because he sought their good and advocated always for their welfare. Even in a terrible situation during the exile, God still was on the throne, still working, still loving toward His people, and still showing Himself powerful to a pagan world in need of hearing about Him.