The Plot to Assissinate the King

The Plot to Assassinate the King

WEEK 30:

Esther 2:21-23 21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. 22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

Esther is now queen. She has obeyed her dad and did not reveal her identity to the king. Mordecai has a prominent job – he sat at the king’s gate. This was a very prominent position to be in. It was where everything that was anything took place. Many different people or all sorts of wares and tares would conduct business, men of influence showed up there, they would congregate there, and people would trade and sell at the king’s gate. It was like the centre of commerce. Being in that position, gave Mordecai an insight and knowledge of things taking place – whatever was going on in and around – Mordecai knew about it.

It was on one of these days that Mordecai was there – minding his own business, that he overheard a plot to assassinate the king. Two of the kings chamberlains were a little upset with the king, so they decided that they would kill him (Esther 2:21). Mordecai being in the right place at the right time overheard the conversation. Being a law abiding citizen that he was, he told queen Esther. Esther told the king. An investigation was launched. The truth came out. They were found guilty. They were both hanged on a tree. The account was recorded in the book of the chronicles. Matter closed. Or was it?

I feel God is working in the background here yet again on two accounts. Firstly, the employment that Mordecai secures puts him in the best position to know what is what. Right there by the city gate. He was able to observe all who came into the city, with what, when, who they met if anyone, what the general gist of the day was – he was in such a prominent position to allow him to overhear the plot to kill the king. My assertion – God gave and positioned him at that strategic place.

Secondly, the king’s life has just been spared. The plot was true. They were found guilty. They were hanged on a tree. If one loses ones’ wallet or purse, and it is handed in by a Good Samaritan, and all credit cards, and cash and other cards and receipts are all found intact. It is a natural human condition to want to reward the indivdual(s) who was honest enough to hand it in. How much more one foiling the plot to assassinate the king. The account was merely recorded in the book of chronicles, and the book was shut. NO REWARD??? Why? I assert that a reward given now would be too early – it’s premature. God has other plans. The LORD knows exactly when. He is going to allow that reward to be granted. It’s just a bit too early now. Notice also – there is nothing recorded about Mordecai being bitter or angry that the king did not commend or acknowledge him for foiling the plot.

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