Haman is Humiliated. Mordecai is Exalted

Haman is Humiliated. Mordecai is Exalted

WEEK 35:

Esther 6:1-14 1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. 3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him. 4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. 5 And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in. 6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself? 7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: 9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour. 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. 11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour. 12 And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered. 13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him. 14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the king’s chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.

Chapter 6 brings back to our attention the incident of the conspiracy to kill the king in chapter 2. The king was unable to sleep that night and asked for his history to be read to him. It seems he just happened to hear the part about the plot to take his life and how Mordecai had saved his life. He asked what had been done to reward Mordecai. His servants replied that nothing had been done.

Who should be outside waiting to see the king that morning but evil Haman, who was plotting to kill Mordecai! So when the king called Haman to come in, the two men had totally opposite plans in mind.

The king asked Haman what should be done to someone the king wanted to honour. Of course, in his pride, Haman thought the king was talking about him. So he said that such a person should be treated like royalty and honoured by a high official announcing, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honour” (verse 9).

Imagine Haman’s surprise when the king assigned him to honour his archenemy Mordecai (verse 10-12)

Was the king an insomniac? Or is the LORD moving His Chess piece? Of all the nights that the king was restless, it was this night. Was something troubling the king? Was his army at war? Was he having problems in one or more of his 127 provinces? Was it money issues? Something prevented the king from sleeping. I say it was God.

The king had a number of options that he could have chosen to put him to sleep. He could have asked for music – someone to play the harp or the flute or any other smoothing instrument. He could have asked for his concubines to come and dance before him. He could have got up and gone for a walk to tire himself out. Yet – he opts for a story to be read to him.

No doubt there were hundreds and possibly thousands of chronicles there within the library of the palace. Hundreds. One of his attendees picks one at random. All the chronicles look the same. All are bound with leather. All have the same colour. All are the same size in height. What is the probability that the chronicles containing the good deed that Mordecai had done for the king in chapter two when he uncovered a plot to kill the king be picked? Ummmmmh!!! I reckon so. God has just moved His Castle. Now consider the likelihood that the attendee reading the chronicles stumbles upon the very page(s) that records Mordecai’s action? Haman is “checked”. Furthermore, I thought the king was restless. A story is being read to him to put him to sleep. A boring story should have been chosen. One that would put the king to sleep within minutes. Alas, such was not the case. As the king’s attendee is reading the account, no doubt he is also getting excited. This story – this true account was not boring. On the contrary it was filled with intrigue – a plot to assassinate the king by two disgruntled employees, an undercover investigation was launched; the plot proved true; the culprits were found guilty. The culprits were hanged on a tree. Job done. But is it? The king is wide awake now. He doesn’t want to sleep anymore. He’s intrigued. He wants to know more. What reward was bestowed upon the man who saved my life? “None your majesty” came the reply. That’s odd thinks the king. Why have the good deeds of this hero gone without recognition the king asks? This cannot be (Esther 6:2-3).

Morning breaks. Haman is in the courtyard. He has come to ask the king for his permission to hang Mordecai on the 50 cubits gallows that he has had erected. He has a spring in his steps. Nothing is going to spoil his day. Then after he has murdered Mordecai – he’s off to yet another banquet with the king and queen. Happy days. Life is good. He has no idea. God has perfectly orchestrated the precise arrival of Haman to show up at this moment.

The king desperately wants to reward Mordecai. Haman cannot wait to hang Mordecai. Both the king and Haman’s intentions are polar opposites. The king asks Haman a question.

Esther 6:6: So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, “what shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour”? Now Haman thought in his heart, to whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

Haman is full of so much pride. He is proud. He is arrogant. He possesses a haughty spirit.

Proverbs 16:18: Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 29:23: A man’s pride shall bring him low, but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

The two Scriptures from Proverbs sums up Haman’s life. His pride caused his destruction. His haughty spirit caused him to fall. God’s timing is perfect. Haman is still bidding his time to ask his request of the king, but the king got his question in first. Haman clearly thought that it was he whom the king wished to bestow honour upon, so he gives the king a grand list of what the king should do for him (Esther 6:8-9).

How his face must have dropped and his jaw left wide open as the king replies and tells Haman to “make haste and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew that sitteth at the king’s gate, let nothing fall of all that thou hast spoken” (Esther 6:10).

His arch enemy Mordecai. The guy he was coming to ask the king permission to hang on the gallows. A Jew whom he detested so much. He hated Mordecai. Now he has been told to parade Mordecai on horseback around the city – showering him with accolades and praises. HOW did it come to this he must have thought? I’ll tell you how. The LORD in His infinite wisdom, He who knows the end from the beginning orchestrated everything from start to finish. It was not an accident that in chapter two after Mordecai had uncovered the plot to kill the king, that Mordecai did not receive immediate recognition and a reward. Mordecai’s reward was delayed – it was not forgotten!!! God’s timing is always perfect. He is never too early. He is never too late. That is the God I serve.

The king’s order was for Haman to “make haste”. Do it NOW!!! Not tomorrow. Not by the end of the day. Do it now!!! What humiliation Haman must have suffered. All his subordinates knew that he hated Mordecai. He hated Mordecai so much that he wanted him dead. But not only Mordecai – he wanted to do away with the whole of the Jewish nation. He even bragged and boasted that he had erected a 50 cubit gallows to hang Mordecai upon. Now – here he was showering accolades upon Mordecai – in front of all the people of Shushan. God exalts the humble – Mordecai. God humbles the exalted – Haman. God will have the final say – just as He does here in this account.

Shamed faced, he rushes back home after being humiliated. He moans. He complains. He buries his head in his hands. How can he ever face Mordecai again? How can he ask he king of his petition to kill Mordecai? The king is very unlikely to put to death the man who saved his life. He related the story to his wife Zeresh and his wise men. 

Esther 6:13: Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, IF Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fail, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.

In Genesis 12:1-3, Scripture tells us that the Lord God told Abram He will bless those who bless him, and curse those who curse him. That is an everlasting covenant that the Lord has bestowed upon the children of Israel.

What I do not get about Esther 6:13, is when they counsel Haman and tell him that IF Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews………but Haman knew Mordecai was a Jew. The wise men and his wife knew that Mordecai was a Jew. Why then did they encourage Haman to come against the Jews??? Food for thought.

Haman has no time to think. His head hurts. He is beside himself. Then to compound it all – whilst they were still talking, one of the kings chamberlains came to his house and ordered him to follow him to the banquet that queen Esther has prepared for the king and Haman (Esther 6:14).

 God’s timing – yet again!

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