Tuesday, January 28, 2014

An Awkward Predicament

King Ahasuerus couldn't sleep. This was no accident! God was working behind the scenes!  It had been a great day.  The King and Haman had enjoyed the banquet that Ester had prepared....    (chapter 6)

The king thought on these things, and many others, but sleep didn't come to him that night.  Finally, a chamberlain was called to his room to read to him out of the books of the Chronicles of the King.  Just as it was not an accident that the King couldn't sleep; it wasn't an accident that the chamberlain read the story of Mordecai saving the King's life!

 Soon after Esther had been crowned Queen, Mordacai had over heard some of the King's guards planning to take his life.  He had quickly told the newly instated Queen Esther of the plot and she had, in turn, warned the King in Mordicai's name. Nothing had ever been done to reward Mordicai for his part in saving the King's life.

It just so happened...again...that Haman was in the outer court of the King's house at this time.  He had come to speak to the King about hanging Mordicai on the gallows that he'd built in his back yard.  When Haman was ushered into the inner court, the King asked him, "What shall be done to the man whom the King delighteth to honor"?  Haman immediately thought the King was referring to him.  Who else worked hard and served the King as well?  Who else deserved to be rewarded?  Of course the king was talking about him!  No one else was as important as Haman in Haman's mind!

So Haman thought up a plan.  It was perfect!  Exactly what he'd like to have happen to himself.  He gave the king his answer.  The king was thrilled with the plan.  "Go ahead and do everything you've just said to Mordicai, the Jew!"  The king commanded. 

Haman was shocked and not a little upset by this change in events!  Haman was forced to take Mordecai the Jew and dress him in the King's very own robe and royal crown, put him on the King's best horse, and personally march him through the streets of the city announcing loudly for all to hear,     "Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the King delighteth to honor." 

Haman was disgusted!  Now, he hated Mordecai more than ever!  He couldn't wait until the day he was finally dead.

Haman went home with his head covered, pouting that day.  He told his wife about all the things he'd had to endure that day.  While they were talking a knock came on the door.  The king's guards had come.  It was time for Esther's banquet.  At least that would go well for him that day....or so he thought....

Life Applications:

God is constantly working behind the scenes for our good!  A sleepless night, the reading of the account of Mordecai, the reward of Mordecai, and the humbling of Haman...none of these things could have been controlled or manipulated by anyone but God.  He worked them all out and together for the good of His people and in answer to their prayers!  These are proof that the things that happen to us have a purpose beyond what we can see. There is a God in Heaven who is in control!  

We should not jump to the conclusions that we are more important than someone else.  We should not expect to be treated better than others.  If someone should decide to honor us, we should allow them to do so, but we should not be looking for, or expecting it.

Proverbs 27:2 - Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;  A stranger, and not your own lips.

Proverbs 25: 7 -  For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

I do hope you will join me as I study the life of "Esther - Queen of Persia"!  I hope to delve in and discover as much as I can about her life and put myself in her shoes...or sandals??  Feel free to leave your thoughts on her life and story in the comments section below! 

In case you missed a previous posts in this series:  

Introduction: Esther, Queen of Persia 
Ahasuerus - The Party Kind of King
A Queen is Chosen!
Haman, the Evil

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