The Book of Esther shows us how God keeps His promises, how God saves the Jews from annihilation, and the sovereignty of God. Did I mention the name of God is not mentioned in the whole book? God is in every circumstance that happens to save God’s people.
Things to remember as you read Esther. The Jews were captives and living in Babylon. The story takes place in Shushan. Woman, whether Jew or Gentile, did not have any rights. They were required to submit to men. The Babylonians did not worship Jehovah God.
Chapter 6 is a beautiful picture of how God takes care of His children. It also exhibits God’s sense of humor.
The King can’t sleep. He requests the book of records be read to him. The record stated that Mordecai saved the King’s life and no recognition had been given to Mordecai. The King wanted to honor Mordecai.
Haman was in the courtyard waiting to talk to the King in regards to hanging Mordecai. The King requests Haman’s presence and advice on how to honor the man the King chooses to honor. Haman’s pride kicks in. He thinks the King wants to honor him. So, he proceeds to tell the King what he should do. The King agrees.
The King then commands Haman to do all that he said to Mordecai.
The people of Shushan knew that Haman hated Mordecai. So, when Mordecai is exulted, riding on the Kings horse, wearing the King’s robe, and with the King’s crown on his head, lead around town by Haman, it was total humiliation for Haman.
Haman goes home and tells his family and friends about his day. His wife, the one who suggested building the gallows, prophetically tells Haman that he will fall before Mordecai.
God’s hand is all over this chapter.
God knows all things. He can exult whomever He pleases. Haman’s pride was crushed, while Mordecai, who was not looking for anything was exulted.
We must be careful not to harbor evil thoughts, deeds, or actions against anyone. Our evil may come on our own heads. We should obey God in all aspects of our lives.
Esther’s second banquet
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001