For Such a Time as this (Part 10)

estherEsther went and stood in the king’s court. If he did not hold out the golden scepter she would perish. He held it out to her. “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you – up to half the kingdom!” (5:3) Esther asked that the king and Haman come to a banquet on the morrow. The king agreed to come and of course Haman would not pass up such an opportunity to rub more elbows with royalty and increase his power and influence.

Haman took off for home elated at his rising fortunes. Then he spotted Mordecai and he became indignant. “Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and called for all his friends and his wife Zeresh. Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king.” (5:10-11) And Haman informed them of his special invitation to dine with the royal couple. If there is such a thing as being on top of the world, Haman was there. He had all he desired, including the coming destruction of the Jews. He was just rolling in success. “Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” (5:13)

All that the Evil One gains avails him nothing when he sees God upon His Throne and the souls of men worshiping at the Lord’s feet. Satan hates God. He hates people because they were created by God. He comes only “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” (John 10:10a) And those who succumb to his lies and temporal riches also hate God and the people of God. (John 15:18-25) The Bible tells us, “The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.” (Psalm 37:12)

Haman hates and plots and grinds his teeth against Mordecai and the people of God. Then his wife makes a suggestion: “Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet.” (5:14) Haman adored the idea and had the gallows constructed.

It just seems there is no stopping evil in this world. It is relentless. Read the paper, watch the news, even venture out and dare make yourself known as a child of the Most High God. We are here for such a time as this, but evil is so evil and…“the wicked watches the righteous and seeks to slay him.” (Psalm 37:32) And the spirit of Haman is everywhere and the gallows are built and the morning is coming and what is the Lord doing as the wicked one draws his sword “to slay those of upright conduct?” (Psalm 37:14c) 

 “The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.” (Psalm 37:13) And we will soon see Haman’s day.

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