Last week's post: Her timing...Her Poise...Her patience...
Have you ever wondered if God was just? If God was fair? If God truly has the best intentions for His people? Well after reading this chapter you won't have to wonder, you will know without a shadow of a doubt that God takes care of His people, He is just, and He is fair. How often do we see people who seem to "have it all" and others who barely have anything, and we think, it's just not fair?
How often do we see evil men prosper and the good man doing the best that he can still struggling. Sometimes it is downright discouraging, BUT, there is always a but...with God ALL things are possible, and with God He makes sure even though life doesn't seem fair, or that the good people suffer and get slighted, God always sees our efforts and God has a superior plan than we could ever imagine.
Here in the previous chapter, Esther used her wisdom and excellent timing and invited the King and Haman to two banquets. She needs to tell the King about Haman's evil plot to destroy the Jews but she has held her tongue and is being patient for this final banquet to share her knowledge of Haman's plans...but good thing she waited, because during her good timing, Haman had gallows made (his wife suggested he build gallows to hang Mordecai) and during the lapse of time and the beginning of Chapter 6 the King can't sleep...what a coincidence the night before the banquet he can't sleep! Coincidence,...or God's perfect plan?
Since he couldn't sleep he has the records of the chronicles read to him and he found out written there that Mordecai had saved his life...
verse 3 Then the King said, "What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?"And then just at that very moment guess who just so happened to be walking in the courtyard...Coincidence, or God's perfect plan?
verse 4 So the king said, " Who is in the court?" Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king's palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he prepared for him.
Coincidence, or God's perfect plan?
verse 6 So Haman came in and the king asked him, "What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor? Now Haman thought in his heart, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?"Coincidence, or God's perfect plan?
verse 7-9 And Haman answered the king, "For the man whom the king delights to honor, let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head. Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square and proclaim before him: "Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!"
Oh Haman's pride is so great and so big, and he thinks this is all going to be done to him so he is milking this honor thing for all it's worth...oh, pride comes before the fall...Coincidence, or God's perfect plan?
verse 10 Then the king said to Haman, "Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king's gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken."
Oh to have been a fly on the wall at that moment and to have seen Haman's face. I bet his jaw dropped and beads of sweat began to form on his brow. His enemy...the Jew...Mordecai...and what did the king just say..."Good idea Haman, let's do what you have suggested! Don't leave anything out that you just said. Great idea! What a great way to honor Mordecai!"
Coincidence, or God's perfect plan?
How often do we forget that the battle is the Lord's? We forget that God has the last say! We forget that all the things that have been done to us that were wrong were not overlooked. God loves us. Justice is mine, says the Lord. God has a perfect plan.
The rest of the chapter Haman has to honor Mordecai. Mordecai, the Jew whom he despises. Mordecai, the Jew that did nothing wrong to him, but saw through him, and would not bow down to him.
in verse 12 it says that Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered...and in verse 14 while they were still talking with him, the king's eunchs came, and hastened to bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared...
Was it a good thing Esther waited? Was God's timing perfect? Do you see God's plan unfolding...? Be patient, dear one, there is more next week when we read Chapter 7!!!