For Such a Time as this (Part 11)

estherThe day had finally arrived for Haman. When he went to bed he had everything set up to his liking: He was zooming up the royalty ladder. His bitter enemy Mordecai would be hanging from the gallows come morning. And all the hated Jews had an approaching date with slaughter. He probably had trouble sleeping from all the excitement. But the Bible tells us something else just happened to happen – “That night the king could not sleep.” (6:1a)

Just happened to happen. Coincidence. How many “coincidences” do you figure you have experienced in your life time? If we could pile up all the coincidences in history how high do you think that would be? Well, if the truth be told, and you believe the Bible, there is no such thing as just happened to happen. God = nothing is a coincidence. So the king can’t sleep and asked for the records of the chronicles to be read to him. Turns out the part about Mordecai breaking up the assassination plot against the king five years previous got read. Huh, imagine that! Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” (6:3)

Right about then is when Haman shows up bright and early to make his request of King Ahasuerus that Mordecai be hanged. Haman enters the courtyard just when the king’s court was looking for someone to honor Mordecai for his act on the king’s behalf. So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” (6:6a) Haman’s pride immediately runs wild knowing he’s the one to be honored. He can’t talk fast enough – put the royal robe on him; put him on the king’s horse with the royal crest; then have a prince parade him through the city proclaiming how great he is!

The king instructed Haman to do everything he had suggested. Only the ego-maniac Haman is to be the prince leading the horse and the humble Mordecai would be the one honored. And some say God doesn’t have a sense of humor! Haman did as he was told and then went home and mourned. But not for long, it was time for the banquet with the royal couple.

Queen Esther reveals to the king that she and her people are marked for death. Who is responsible for this the king demands to know. And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!” What followed was terrible wrath, Haman’s desperate pleading, and one of the eunuchs yelling to the king about the gallows at Haman’s house made for Mordecai. “Then the king said, “Hang him on it!” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.” (7:9-10)

Wasn’t it just a few paragraphs ago that Haman had everything set up to his liking? But – “That night the king could not sleep.”

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