“They made a calf in Horeb.
They worshiped a cast image.
They exchanged the glory of God
For the image of an ox that eats grass.
They forgot God!
He had done great things in Egypt.
He had done wondrous works in the land of Ham.
He had done awesome things by the Red Sea.
Therefore he said
That he would destroy them.
His chosen one,
Stood in the breach before him.
He wanted God
To turn away his wrath
From destroying them.”
This is a sanitized version of the story in Exodus, chapter 32. While Moses was at the top of the Sinai Mountain with Yahweh, Aaron and the Israelites built a golden calf at Horeb or Sinai as it is called. They then worshipped this golden ox as they turned away from Yahweh. They forgot how he had saved them in Egypt and the all the deeds that he done for them in the land of Ham, Egypt, and the Red Sea. Yahweh wanted to destroy them all. However, Moses interceded with God to turn his anger away so that he did not destroy them.
“King Artaxerxes paid tribute to Mordecai on the land and on the islands of the sea. All the acts of his power and might with the full account of the high honor of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? Mordecai the Jew was next in rank to King Artaxerxes. He was powerful among the Jews. He was popular with his many kindred. He sought the good of his people. He interceded for the welfare of all his descendents.”
This praise of Mordecai is similar to the kind of eulogies that you can find about the kings of Judah and Israel in the Book of Kings, and the Book of Chronicles. In other words, if you want more information, it is written in the annals of the kings of Media and Persia. He was especially good and powerful for the Jews. Strangely enough, Queen Esther seems to take a second place to Mordecai.
“But not forty days passed before two of King Sennacherib’s sons killed him. They fled to the mountains of Ararat. Then his son King Esarhaddon reigned in his place. He appointed Ahikar, the son of my brother Hanael, over all the accounts of his kingdom. He had authority over the entire administration. Ahikar interceded for me. Then I returned to Nineveh. Now Ahikar was chief cupbearer, the keeper of the signet. He was in charge of the administration of the accounts under King Sennacherib of Assyria. King Esarhaddon reappointed him. He was my nephew and so a close relative.”
Now we have the revolt of the sons of King Sennacherib as was mentioned in 2 Kings, chapter 19. We have a new player Ahikar, or as he is sometimes called Achiacharus. He is the nephew of Tobit, the son of Tobit’s brother Hanael, who was not mentioned until here. Somehow Ahikar was in charge of the accounts for the deceased King Sennacherib of Assyria. It is not clear how he got that job. With the new King Esarhaddon (681-669 BCE), after the revolution, he was put in charge of the entire administration in Assyria. Now this important nephew pleaded with the king to help Tobit.