Archive for February 26th, 2014

Esther 6

Esther 6 has the king struggling to sleep.  You’ve probably had those nights, I know I sure do.  Toss and turn and can’t get to sleep.  So the king “gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king”.  He decides to take a look at the history of the kingdom.  I remember history could be a bit boring….but in this case it is God nudging the king down a path that will completely change the plans of evil that were on the cusp of being committed. 

As the king read from the history books, he came across the story of Mordecai who had some time earlier saved his life by uncovering a plot to kill the king by two of the king’s men – Bigthana and Teresh.  You may recall that Mordecai had heard their plot and reported it thus saving the king.  And after reading the history and story, the king said “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?”  Going through it the king had treated it sort of like another day at the office, but as he looked back, he realized just how important this historical event had been. 

His assistants tell him nothing had been done to honor Mordecai, and the king decides to change that.  As fate would have it (not really fate, this is a God moment for certain) Haman who is the current evil guy in the kings patch comes in with the plan to ask the king “about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him”.  Haman has plans for evil, but God is going to turn the tables and make them plans for good.  The king asks Haman what should happen for a man in whom the king delights, and Haman falls hook, line and sinker likely thinking the king is talking about him and lays out a plan to honor the man the king delights in.  Imagine the look on Haman’s face when the king tells him it is Mordecai. 

Just minutes earlier Haman was planning to kill Mordecai, and now he is ordered to honor him.  And not sometime, the king tells him to go do it now.  “So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and led him through the square of the city, proclaiming before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.”  Can you imagine the frustration Haman felt?  After completing the king’s orders, he goes crawling home to his wife and his wise men and told them what had happened.  They tell him that this is the beginning of the end.  And “while they were yet talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried to bring Haman to the feast that Esther had prepared”.  God’s plan is in full motion and Haman will be treated to the next step in that plan in the next chapter.  Evil never wins – not really.  God is in control and has a plan.

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