There are no other acrostics in the book, so that the intentionalness of these five is clear. The five places where the acrostics occur are Esther ; ,13; ,5 Explore the Book. Comment : The significance of this observation is unclear and since I don't read Hebrew, I cannot comment on the veracity although it mentioned by other commentaries. In short, this information is included only for completeness, but in my opinion does not add to the profundity of the divine providence in a narrative that otherwise has no clear mention of Jehovah.
Esther Then the king said, "Bring Haman quickly that we may do as Esther desires. Quickly mahar means to hasten or make haste. It is interesting that a proverb uses this same word mahar to describe evil men like Haman as those whose "feet run to evil, and they hasten to shed blood. King Ashasuerus uses the same word in Esther calling on Haman to do quickly all that he had recommended for the man whom the king would honor.
Esther As they drank their wine at the banquet, the king said to Esther, "What is your petition, for it shall be granted to you. Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done. As they ate and drank - The king, queen and Haman. How this must have bolstered his ego as if it needed any inflating! This is the king's second query to Esther regarding her petition and request and his offer of up "to half of the kingdom" which would encourage her that increase her assurance that the king would grant her request.
With such a carte blanche promise from the king, it seems surprising that Esther did not immediately make the appeal for her people, instead of requesting a second banquet. Whether or not she temporarily lost her courage, the delay was providential Ed: In other words, it was not an "accident" but God was in the details!
Esther So Esther replied, "My petition and my request is: :. First, the Lord restrained Esther from telling Ahasuerus the truth about Haman.
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God was delaying the great exposure until after the king had honored Mordecai. We also see the sovereign hand of God at work in the way the king accepted the delay and agreed to come to the second banquet. Palace intrigue is a dangerous game, and any of the attendants could have profited by telling Haman what they knew. Be committed. An Old Testament study. Ruth and Esther.
Being told to ask what she pleases, she invites the king to come to a banquet, and bring Haman with him. He comes, and for the second time invites her to ask what she wills to the half of his kingdom. Why, when the king was in so kind a spirit, did not Esther speak? He was charmed with her beauty, and his royal word was given to deny her nothing, why not speak out?
But no, she merely asks that he and Haman will come to another banquet of wine to-morrow. O, daughter of Abraham Esther , what an opportunity hast thou lost! Wherefore didst thou not plead for thy people? Was it timidity? It is possible. It would be hard to say. Doubtless she longed to bring out her secret, but the words came not. God was in it; it was not the right time to speak, and therefore she was led to put off her disclosure.
Ed : I think Spurgeon is "spot on" -- Compare Pr I dare say she regretted it, and wondered when she should be able to come to the point, but the Lord knew best. Go, call the workmen, and let the gallows be set up at a great height that very night. Esther if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and do what I request, may the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king says.
If I have found favor in the sight of the king and if it pleases the king - Favor is the Greek word charis or grace which is unmerited favor. Esther is very careful and diplomatic with King Xerxes. Yes, she has been allowed to touch the golden scepter, but she knows that the king is still potentially volatile. Come to the banquet which I will prepare for them - A second banquet. In the providence of God, the events of Esther 6 resulting in Mordecai's being honored by the King occur before Esther's second banquet.
Why does Esther put off her request until the second banquet? While we cannot be absolutely dogmatic there are some reasonable considerations. So the timing has to be "perfect" for Esther to make a request that directly challenges the powerful Haman. Proverbs William Arnot on Pr Providence. Criswell Comments : This is a magnificent expression of the sovereignty of God, whereby Yahweh inevitably and without exception accomplishes His will and purpose through free-willed agents acting freely but responsibly. Man must be a free agent to be in the image of God, and God must be immutable, i.
Permitting or overruling the acts of man without infringing upon his freedom or interrupting His responsibility e. Esther Then Haman went out that day glad and pleased of heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate and that he did not stand up or tremble before him, Haman was filled with anger against Mordecai. Pr Arnot's discussion of Humility Before Honor.
He did not stand up or tremble before him this clause is not found in the Septuagint - In Esther Mordecai would not bow, but now he won't even stand up! Think about this for a moment - Haman is in essence the prime minister, second in command of the mightiest country in the world. And Haman refuses to stand.
When a judge enters the court, all stand, as a measure of respect. Mordecai's message to Haman is clear -- "I have no respect for you! Haman was filled with anger rage, wrath - His anger controlled him. The Lxx uses the word thumoo which means to be provoked to anger. The root word thumos speaks of agitated, vehement anger that rushes out unrestrained. Miserable Haman! Honored by both the King and Queen of Persia, the disapproval of one man makes him feel worthless.
This is an accurate description of how empty the rewards of this world are. A bigger man would have ignored it, but a man's size is seen by the significance of the things that irritate him. As one writer put it. Haman couldn't stand the thought of this one man s refusal to obey him. Like a bubble, the more an ego swells the more fragile it becomes. By this point, Haman's ego was so inflated and fragile that Mordecai's action drowned out the applause of the crowd.
Those who live like Haman, in deliberate pursuit of self-importance, will live perpetually on Haman's emotional roller coaster. Soaring high when honored, bottoming out when not, Haman and all those like him will forever be enslaved to the whims of others. They can never have the security of joy and peace that Jesus promises us in His kingdom. Remember that what fills your heart and mind will control your attitudes, your actions and especially your tongue.
Esther Haman controlled himself, however, went to his house and sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh. Haman controlled himself cp Esther - Did Haman refrain himself from killing Mordecai on the spot? That is possible but clearly he is still filled with anger as his subsequent actions attest cp Esther I think Guzik is correct when he writes that This is a remarkable evidence of the hand of God. God would not allow the fury of Haman to take action until all the proper pieces were set in place to ultimately defeat his plan.
Controlled ' apaq means to restrain oneself, to hold back, to exhibit self-control Ge , - both describing Joseph's self control. It is interesting that this word is used to describe the Lord's holding Himself back! Isaiah , Isa , Isa The use of this verb in Scripture generally suggests a sense of struggle, an overcoming of what might naturally be expected to happen in a particular situation.
Cassel indicates that this term may even convey the idea of wrestling with something, in this case, oneself. Esther Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches, and the number of his sons, and every instance where the king had magnified him and how he had promoted him above the princes and servants of the king. His - Note the repetition of masculine pronouns in Esther Haman is like the rich man in the parable whose favorite word was "I" Lk ! Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches - This is always a dangerous "move" to make in the eyes of the Almighty Who alone is glorious and Who is jealous for His Name.
Haman's pride is bursting at the seams so to speak! He should have read the Scriptures William Barclay commented - Pride is the ground in which all the other sins grow, and the parent from which all the other sins come. Warren Wiersbe - Someone has said that pride is the only known disease that makes everybody sick except the person who has it. Unless cured, pride is a sickness unto death. Esther Haman also said, "Even Esther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquet which she had prepared; and tomorrow also I am invited by her with the king.
Even Esther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquet - Haman is confident he is in good graces with the king and queen. The fact that Haman was invited to this private banquet fed his pride and confidence. To his mind both the king and queen regarded him higher than the rest. Seemingly he was now set for life. Other than the king and servants, it was unusual for any man to be in the presence of the queen.
What Haman does not know is that this banquet will be the means of his death. One of life's paradoxes is that the way up is often the way down. He will learn the truth of Psalm 7 concerning the wicked man. He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made. His mischief will return upon his own head, And his violence will descend upon his own pate.
Psalm note. He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered. Haman was confident that he was set for life, when in reality he was just a few hours away from death. Two other men come to mind whose false confidence led to their death: King Belshazzar and Judas Iscariot. King Belshazzar held a great feast during which he blasphemed the God of Israel; and by sending handwriting on the wall, God announced his doom. That very night Babylon was conquered and Belshazzar was slain Da 5. Judas, an apostle of the Lord, was not a true believer John but a traitor and a thief Jn In the Upper Room, he sat in the place of honor at the table, and none of the other disciples knew what was in his heart.
But Jesus knew what Judas was and what Judas would do, and He hid this knowledge from the disciples. Confident that he had everything under control, Judas betrayed Jesus to the enemy and ended up committing suicide Mt The only safe place to put your confidence is in the Lord. Ibid AMEN! Esther "Yet all of this does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate. Yet - term of contrast remember that terms of contrast like but, yet always signal a "change of direction" so be sure and examine the context for added insight on the passage contrasts all the world has to offer with Haman's anger against Mordecai.
The point is clearly that the things of this world cannot satisfy our soul. Malice is that deep-seated hatred that brings delight if our enemy suffers and pain if our enemy succeeds. Malice can never forgive; it must always take revenge. Malice has a good memory for hurts and a bad memory for kindnesses. In 1Corinthians , Paul compared malice to yeast, because, like yeast, malice begins very small but gradually grows and finally permeates the whole of life. The insidious thing about malice is that it has to act; eventually it must express itself. But when you shoot at your enemy, beware!
For the ammunition usually ricochets off the target and comes back to wound the shooter! If a person wants to self-destruct, the fastest way to do it is to be like Haman and cultivate a malicious spirit. Haman's deep discontent even in face of worldly prestige and wealth at least that is what he thought reminds us of Solomon's wise words learned from his experience of "having it all"!
All is vanity I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. Eccl , This is a profound illustration of the dissatisfaction of the things of this world. There is always a fly in the ointment. We may think such people have everything from our outward observation, but they are often the most miserable people on the earth.
One of our great problems is we weigh things with the wrong scales. Pride will ever render its possessor unhappy. Haman, though possessed of immense riches, glory, and honour, and the prime favorite of his king, is wretched, because he could not have the homage of that man whom his heart even despised! Oh, how distressing are the inquietudes of pride and vanity. Mordecai the Jew - First time this specific phrase is encountered 6x - Esther , , , , , Sitting at the king's gate - How did the king know? It does not say.
Alternatively the kings chronicles could have recorded this detail Esther Esther Then Zeresh his wife and all his friends said to him, "Have a gallows fifty cubits high made and in the morning ask the king to have Mordecai hanged on it; then go joyfully with the king to the banquet. His wife - Ferguson observes that "This shows the dangers of having ungodly friends and an ungodly wife e. Solomon s wives, Jezebel, Job s wife. Two wives are working at either end of this drama Esther and Zeresh. Only one of them has God on her side.
He had the gallows made - Little did Haman know, he was making the very gallows on which he would hang, preparing his own execution! Gallows cp Esther - This was not like we normally picture gallows, but was a stake on which the victim would be impaled unto death! A pointed stake is set upright in the ground, and the culprit is taken, placed on the sharp point, and then pulled down by his legs till the stake that went in at the fundament passes up through the body and comes out through the neck.
A most dreadful species of punishment, in which revenge and cruelty may glut the utmost of their malice. The culprit lives a considerable time in excruciating agonies.
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Events may be moving too swiftly for Mordecai to be saved. Fifty cubits high - This is about 75 feet high which equates with a building 8 stories high! How they could have built this structure so quickly is amazing. Perhaps it was a building that already existed on top of which was placed a stake to impale Mordecai.
A towering gallows matches Haman's "towering" rage! In the morning ask the king to have Mordecai hanged on it - Here is the most important line - "ask the king" which prepares us for God's moving the heart of the king like channels of water in Esther ff. Ahab's wife Jezebel gave him advice similar to Haman's wife -- to kill the one who was making them discontent and sullen. The same irrational, violent hatred that made Haman want to see Mordecai hang to his death is the same irrational, violent hatred that made man want to hang Jesus on a cross.
For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He watches all his paths. Pr Never had things looked so dark for the children of God outwardly. Suspense is heightened, as the curtain closes upon yet another scene. Will evil prevail? However, the greater the evil the greater will be the effect of the deliverance. The greater glory also will be reflected on God. The message from Esther is that the plan of God always succeeds, even without thunder and lightning. The seemingly invisible God is always invincible. If God be for us then no one can stand against us.
John Newton said well so long ago in his hymn,. Esther During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. During that night - Which night? The same night that Haman was having a gallows constructed for Mordecai's death! This was 5 years after Mordecai had uncovered the plot to king the king compare Esther and Esther in Esther The king could not sleep - Literally the Hebrew reads "the king's sleep fled away.
So here we see once again God overruling and bringing about a remarkable instance of the veiled providential control of God over circumstances of human history. From a human standpoint, on a king's insomnia lay the fate of the Jewish race, the coming of the Redeemer, and the entire work of redemption of mankind. And yet the outcome was never in doubt, for God was in control of the details, making the most trivial of events work together for Haman's defeat and Israel's preservation.
Why couldn't King Ashasuerus sleep? Clearly the king's somnolence represents God's hand of providence interweaving events in such a way as to bring recognition to Mordecai thus saving his life from Haman's murderous plot. God uses the mundane to bring about the miraculous. In Daniel 2 God disturbed King Nebuchadnezzar's sleep with a "supernatural nightmare" which proved to be a summary not only of Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom but of all subsequent world history focusing on the human kingdoms of the world that interacted significantly with Israel until the Second Coming of the Messiah Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him.
Da Comment : Similarly, in the story of Joseph we find that his personal fortunes were reversed because of the pharaoh's dreams Ge , dreams that were clearly related to the providential hand of God moving the heart of the king like channels of water Pr So - A term of conclusion - How important is this conclusion to mankind? He gave an order to bring the book of records - Such a seemingly small detail.
Instead of counting sheep, the king requests the book of records which you suggests they might be quite boring. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge however has this note on the records As chronicles were composed among the Persians, a more instructive and interesting work could not be brought before the king; because they were all written in verse, and were generally the work of the most eminent poets of the empire.
Ezra Mal It is futile to speculate on the cause of the king's sleeplessness, but we know for certain that God was behind it. The entire chapter shows how a series of seemingly trivial circumstances fit together to overrule the evil intentions of Haman.
And it was found written: This was a remarkable example of Providence in action. King Ahasuerus can not sleep, and he can choose 20 different diversions to fill his sleepless night - but he commands that a book be brought to him and read. The one commanded to bring the book could have brought any one book of the records of the chronicles, but he brought one particular book. The book could be opened to any page, but it was opened to the exact page telling the story of Mordecai and how he saved the King from assassination. God guided every step along the way. Why did it happen on that night of all others?
What shall he do? Shall he call for soothing instruments of music, or beguile the hours with a tale that is told, or with a merry ballad of the minstrel? No, he calls for a book. Who would have thought that this luxurious prince must listen to a reader at dead of night. A volume perfumed with roses, musical with songs, sweet as the notes of the nightingale? He chose the record of Shushan Susa the royal city. That is the centre of the empire, and its record is lengthy, in which section shall the reader make a beginning?
Was not this a singular accident? Singular if you like, but no accident. Out of ten thousand other records the reader pitches upon that one of all others. The Jews tell us that he began at another place, but that the book closed and fell open at the chapter upon Mordecai Ed : There is no evidence of this from the Scripture. It embellishes the story, which really needs no embellishment! Be that as it may, this is certain, that the Lord knew where the record was, and guided the reader to the right page.
Speaking after the manner of men, there were a million "chances" against one that the king of Persia should, in the dead of the night, be reading the chronicle of his own kingdom, and that he should light upon this particular part of it. But that was not all, the king is interested, he had desired to go to sleep, but that wish is gone, and he is in haste to act. Who is in the court? For once, the king is intent on being just, and at the door stands Haman,—but you know the rest of the story, and how he had to lead Mordecai in state through the streets.
It seems a very small matter whether you or I shall sleep to-night, or toss restlessly on our beds, but God will be in our rest or in our wakefulness; we know not what His purpose may be, but His hand will be in it, neither doth any man sleep or wake but according to the decree of the Lord. Daniel records King Darius' failure to sleep because of anxiety over Daniel's almost certain death in the lion's den Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
Whatever else we may see in Esther , we miss their supreme significance if we fail to see in them a most remarkable providential predisposing of all contributory factors in anticipation of a foreseen crisis. Ed : If you are like me, you probably need to read that statement again. The feast of Ahasuerus to his lords and satraps, his inebriate drunken jollity cheerful, cp Est and indecent request, Vashti's valorous refusal and her dethronement - these things seemed far from having any connection whatever with the as-yet-undreamed-of peril to the Jews which was to head up through the anti-Jewish hatred of Haman, who at this time had not even risen to public eminence.
Yet these things were being so overruled as to subserve the unsuspected Divine preparation for that which was to come later.
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Indeed, the crisis had been anticipated years before ever Ahasuerus's feast-making took place, in the bestowment of an extraordinary feminine beauty upon Mordecai's cousin; and now, as a result of the vacancy created by Vashti's deposal, the matchless Esther is elected to be queen, so that she is in the place of influence when the critical moment comes, to avert the seemingly inescapable disaster, and to turn the tables on Israel's wicked enemies.
Oh, this wonderful fore-planning of providence! It is here brought vividly out to view so that through our seeing it thus clearly demonstrated in this one notable episode we may believe in the fact of its operation through all the vicissitudes of our life, and through all the history of the human race, and especially in those trying times when rampant evil seems to have snatched the reins of government from higher control.
Esther It was found written what Mordecai had reported concerning Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. It was found written what Mordecai had reported - No accident here! Notice he is not referred to as Mordecai the Jew in this or the next passage. Have you ever felt like the good you have done has gone unrecognized just as Mordecai's had seemingly been ignored for almost 5 years?
Then be encouraged by the words to persecuted saints in the book of Hebrews For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and still ministering to the saints. Hebrews note. Wiersbe comments : Can God direct in the books that people pick up and read? Yes, He can. Late in February , a British student bought a book at a used-book stall in a railway station. He had looked at that book and rejected it at least a dozen times before, but that day he purchased it. Who was he? Lewis , perhaps the greatest and most popular apologist for the Christian faith of the middle-twentieth century.
God can even direct what we read in a book. A young man in North Africa sought peace, first in sensual pleasures and then in philosophy, but only became more miserable. Take it and read! We know that young man today as Augustine , Bishop of Hippo, and author of numerous Christian classics. Be Committed. And yet it had not occurred in Mordecai's case. What if Mordecai had already been rewarded 5 years earlier? It is distinctly unusual that Mordecai had not been rewarded five years earlier as was the usual practice in among the Persians as it was a way to maintain loyalty.
This reminds us of Joseph's life when after befriending the Pharaoh's butler, he assumed he would be released from prison, but instead had to wait 2 more years for God's perfect timing Ge , Ge , David had come to understand God's providential control of the days of our life writing My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.
Ps , see context Ps note. Spurgeon comments : The sovereign Arbiter of destiny holds in His own power all the issues of our life; we are not waifs and strays upon the ocean of fate, but are steered by infinite wisdom towards our desired haven. Providence is a soft pillow for anxious heads, an anodyne comfort for care, a grave for despair. Deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
It is lawful to desire escape from persecution if it be the Lord's will; and when this may not be granted us in the form which we desire, sustaining grace will give us deliverance in another form, by enabling us to laugh to scorn all the fury of the foe. Wiersbe comments : In writing "my times are in Your hand," David teaches us several lessons. First, time is important. If you waste time, you're wasting eternity.
If you waste time, you're wasting opportunity. All I can give to God is my body, my ability and my time. And if I don't give Him my time, He can't use my body or my ability. Time is valuable--don't waste it. Invest it. Second, David reminds us how important surrender is. Who controls the available time we have when we're not working or doing the things that must be done to maintain life--that unregistered, undirected time?
If we surrender to the Lord, He can control that time. I learned many years ago to turn my entire day over to Him at the beginning of every day. If I have interruptions, He's in control. If my plans are changed, He's in control. Third, this leads to God's blessings for us. When our times are in His hand, we can trust Him; He has blessings especially prepared for us.
Every moment matters.
God has some wonderful blessings prepared for you today. But you are not going to enjoy them unless you truly say, "Lord, my times are in Your hand. Time is perhaps your most basic resource. How you use God's gift of time has a profound effect not only on your life but on the lives of others. It's important that you surrender your time to His care. When you give God your time, you surrender it to His control. He will bless you for it Prayer, Praise and Promises. The character of the earthly experience of the saints, "My times," that is, the changes I shall pass through, etc. The deportment which should characterize us.
Courageous devotion to God in times of persecution; resignation and contentment in times of poverty and suffering; zeal and hope in times of labour. Producing an animated movie was a gargantuan task. Disney artists drew over one million pictures. Each picture flashed onto the screen for a mere one-twenty-fourth of a second. As we watch the movie run at regular speed, it seems so simple.
We have no idea all that goes into it. Our lives are like that movie. God puts infinite thought, skill, and careful attention into every detail. God, the great Creator of all things, doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge and the free and immutable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.
The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of man; and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? Esther The king said, "What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?
Nothing has been done for him - As noted above, to not bestow a reward or honor was distinctly unusual and undoubtedly reflects the hand of God in the affairs of men, including kings Pr Esther So the king said, "Who is in the court? If this Book of Esther shows us anything, it shows us that God manages the affairs of men, even without their knowledge. God knows what He is doing and in the courts of heaven there are no coincidences or surprises.
All of these events were orchestrated by God and not by luck.
This becomes difficult, of course, when bad things happen to us. But what about the bad? So the king said, "Who is in the court? Because he was enraged at Mordecai, had constructed a gallows and wanted to speak to the king about hanging him. But he was too late! God's timing had been perfect as it always is! The King's restless night and record reading re Mordecai's saving his life and not being yet rewarded had been orchestrated by the hand of God. Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king's palace - Why was Haman there?
Because he wanted to hang Mordecai. Haman was in a hurry to carry out his evil plan, which reminds us of the proverb A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil Proverbs In order to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows - Haman is a few minutes too late. God beat him to the punch! God always does! Esther The king's servants said to him, "Behold, Haman is standing in the court. Is this a great moment or what? The sun is barely over the horizon, and here comes Haman, rushing to the palace as early as he can so he will be the first to have an audience with the king and finish off his hated enemy.
Call Haman in. This will be even easier than he anticipated. Now is my chance, he thinks. He glances out the window with a sinister sneer, Just a minute, gallows, somebody will be on you. And with the stride of a peacock he struts into the court of the king. Esther So Haman came in and the king said to him, "What is to be done for the man whom the king desires to honor? What is to be done for the man whom the king desires to honor? He was deceived by his own pride and sense of self worth and thought that surely the king was describing him.
In God's ironic providence, He ordains that Haman would actually specify the manner in which Mordecai would be honored and Haman who would be hanged! Solomon was right The righteous is delivered from trouble, But the wicked takes his place. Proverbs Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor. To paraphrase Warren Wiersbe Whom would the king desire to honor more than me? Esther Then Haman said to the king, "For the man whom the king desires to honor, :. Invited to advise the king in such an intimate setting could only have stoked the inflated ego of Haman.
Doubtless he strutted in like a peacock. Haman was intoxicated with vanity and blinded by pride. It seemed a day of double blessing Mordecai dead and he honored. Ahasuerus hid the identity of Mordecai in just the same way Haman had done so to the king over the Jews. Haman is beginning to reap what he sowed. For the man whom the king desires to honor - This is fascinating.
Clearly Haman thinks he is getting to describe his own reward. Clearly he is going to go for the proverbial "gusto" and get all he can get! What if the kill had ask what is to be done for Mordecai the Jew? Surely Haman's suggestions would have been toned down substantially! Is this too not Divine providence, for the king now knew Mordecai's name?
The more we observe these details, the more we see God's hand behind the seen scene! Esther let them bring a royal robe which the king has worn, and the horse on which the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown has been placed; :. On whose head a royal crown has been placed - This is not referring to a crown on the honoree's head but on the horse's head.
Thus the NET Bible refers to a royal horse "one bearing the royal insignia! Haman could not have thought of anything more imaginative to promote self. It was said that the Persians regarded the royal robe as having magical properties. Haman had money and power so what he craved was to be honored like the king. Maybe he thought it would allow him to be Ahasuerus s successor.
We are never satisfied with the things of this world. Without God s peace it is all ultimately vanity. Esther and let the robe and the horse be handed over to one of the king's most noble princes and let them array the man whom the king desires to honor and lead him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him, 'Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.
To one of the king's most noble princes - Little did Haman know he was guaranteeing that he would be the one to carry out these honors. Esther Then the king said to Haman, "Take quickly the robes and the horse as you have said, and do so for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the king's gate; do not fall short in anything of all that you have said.
As you have said Instead he chooses to send his second in command to carry this out. Is God in control or what? The one who virtually cursed Mordecai's name must now proclaim it as he leads him through the city! Mordecai the Jew - Second use of this specific phrase 6x - Esther , , , , , King Ashasuerus clearly knows Mordecai's ethnicity!
Does he not know that Haman's decree would include Mordecai? Sitting at the king's gate - King repeats Mordecai's location. It is as if the king is accentuating Mordecai's loyalty by repeating the phrase "king's gate" Found 12x in 11v in Esther , 21; , ; , ; , ; , Does this not give us a picture of a man who is loyal to the king? Do not fall short in anything of all that you have said - God so ordains these events that Haman the one who sought to curse Mordecai and his people would end up blessing Mordecai with his words and deeds! Ro note , Ro note. Esther So Haman took the robe and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, "Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.
So - A term of conclusion - What is being concluded?
Haman took the robe and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai - Note the striking irony of this picture. Haman the enemy of the Jews being forced to royally robe and honor Mordecai the Jew! Led him on horseback through the city square - As Haman leads Mordecai through the streets the people honor the very one who refused to honor Haman! Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor - The very thing Mordecai would not do for Haman bow down , evil Haman was now forced to tell others to do for Mordecai!
One can only imagine what went through Haman's mind as he was forced to reap the bitter fruit of the evil seeds he had sown! The ultimate humiliation was for Haman to honor Mordecai in such a public way; humiliation is only really humiliation when it is public. Notice how Haman's fate parallels the NT teaching that all who reject Christ will one day be forced to honor Him, even as Haman was forced to honor Mordecai!
Paul writes Phil note , cf Rev note. Esther Then Mordecai returned to the king's gate.
But Haman hurried home, mourning, with his head covered. Then Mordecai returned to the king's gate - How did the pomp and circumstance impact Mordecai? Did it go to his head? In fact Scripture does not record that Mordecai uttered a word regarding this great honor. And so it does not surprise us that he returned to his place at the king's gate! He continued in the role he had before he was honored.
Why was Mordecai not ecstatic? He was still a Jew. He was still under sentence of a Persian law that could not be repealed! God can trust His blessings with the humble because they seek to honor only the Lord. How clearly the character of the man comes out in that single touch of description--that one item of information given us, that he came again to the king's gate. But they must seek me, for I shall not seek them. Let the crowd wonder and disperse. I have had enough of their incense. Let Haman go whither he will, he is in the hands of the Lord.
Let my friends at home wait; they will all hear all in time. I can wait best at the old place and in the accustomed way— at the king's gate. Have you recently been promoted? Have you come to a place of popularity and prosperity? Are you now esteemed in the eyes of others? Must you now be treated with special care and be given kid-glove treatment and not bothered with everyday problems? Haman hurried home, mourning, with his head covered cf 2Sa 1Ki 2Ch Job - Covering one's head was an expression of deepest grief and trouble, a way of expressing mourning 2Sa ; Jer And so we see a reversal of destinies in only 3 days!
Mordecai the Jew was mourning in Esther and now Haman the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews is mourning! This means that Haman acted as if someone dear to him had died. In fact, his pride had been dealt a death-blow. Wiersbe observes that the contrast between Mordecai's reaction and Haman's reaction demonstrates Haman was a famous man, a man of reputation, only because the king had made him so; but he was not a man of character.
His reputation depended on his office, his wealth, and his authority, all of which could easily be taken from him. Comment : Indeed, reputation is what others think you are while character is what God knows you are! Esther Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.
Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish origin, you will not overcome him, but will surely fall before him. Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and all his friends - In only 24 hours, God has turned Haman's world upside down. Recall his boastful words in Esther " Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches No word of repentance or acknowledgement by this proud man that he had brought this on himself.
If God humbles you, pay attention. You will not overcome him Surely fall before him - How quickly his own wife changed her tune from " Kill Mordecai " to " Mordecai will kill you! And his wise men and wife proved to be prophetic! God is always faithful to His covenantal promises.
The eighteenth century German emperor, Frederick the Great asked his personal physician, Zimmermann:. Throughout the centuries of persecution, discrimination, and genocide, God has preserved His people. God on His saints looks watchful down His ear attends their cry The wicked sink beneath His frown Their very name shall die But He, at length, the just will crown With victory and joy! Esther While they were still talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hastily brought Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.
While they were still talking with him - Can you envision this scene? Haman does not even have time to reply nor contrive a counter plan. The king's eunuchs arrived and hastily brought Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared - Only 24 hours earlier, Haman's wife had encouraged him to "go joyfully with the king to the banquet.
Esther Now the king and Haman came to drink wine with Esther the queen. Came to drink - Wine is not in the original Hebrew text. Remember that neither the king nor Haman knew yet that Esther was a Jewess. I suspect from what I read that it was while he was on the way to meet him. I suspect that this man clan started as a war party and somewhere along the way turned into a welcome home party.
Having this child come into his life gave him a longing for home. Oh, what a phenomenal picture of Christ Joseph thus becomes! When a person receives the Son of God into his heart, a strange thing happens. The world around him, so comfortable and familiar for so long, seems to suddenly dim and diminish.
God Behind the Scenes: The Book of Esther - Lexham Press
We quickly grabbed some small LED flashlights out of our bag, and they were needed. I tell you that mist, that fog, was supernatural. It was as if the devil himself were breathing it out to cover his precious pirates and their vile vessel. It got so heavy it was almost hard to breathe. And with it came a feeling of oppression, as if the very forces of hell were all about us. We got very, very scared, and poured our hearts out to God for a very long time. Ghost Ship, p. Ezekiel 2. The pastor is my hero, and I want to help.
I have a canoe, if you want to use it, you can. Ezekiel 1. That island is no more than a couple of miles away. Those pirates are clearly counting on us not being able to get there, but I guarantee you we can find a way. Lamentations 5. Fight back!
Esther: Five Feasts and the Finger Prints of God
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