Esther 6 has God at work. “On that night the king could not sleep”. Ever experience that – you just can’t get to sleep and God puts something important on your mind. The king asks his servants to bring the book of memorable deeds and they were read before the king. This was stories of great things that had happened, that had been recorded and written down for history. During that process “it was found written how Mordecai had told” the kings men about a plot to try and kill him some years earlier.
At that same time, Haman comes to the palace. His agenda is to ask the king to hang Mordecai from the gallows the next morning. But as he enters the king’s presence, “the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” It is another God move. Haman thinks the king is talking about him, but he was referring to Mordecai whom Haman wanted dead. Haman describes how he would like to be honored and treated, not knowing that he was in fact creating the way his enemy would be treated.
Then the king drops the bomb without even realizing what he was doing. “The king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew who sits at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned “. Can you imagine Haman’s jaw dropping when he is ordered to go and honor the very man he had come to ask permission to kill? That had to be a low blow indeed. Haman took the robes and horse and other items the king instructed and dressed Mordecai in honor.
But it gets worse for Haman. He has to lead Mordecai through the square and proclaim his honor. What a humiliating change of outcomes. He rushes home to mourn and cry to his wife and friends. Everything had backfired. And now those closest to him were predicting his own demise. “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him“. They see the writing on the wall as Haman goes to the feast again this day.