Esther 6 (NRSV)
The King Honors Mordecai
On that night the king could not sleep,
–another King who does not sleep!
Psalm 121:3-4 (New International Version)
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
and he gave orders to bring the book of records, the annals, and they were read to the king. 2It was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had conspired to assassinate King Ahasuerus.
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.
3Then the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?”
The king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”
4The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him.
5So the king’s servants told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.”
The king said, “Let him come in.”
6So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor?”
Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?”
7So Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king wishes to honor, 8let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and a horse that the king has ridden, with a royal crown on its head. 9Let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials; let him robe the man whom the king wishes to honor, and let him conduct the man on horseback through the open square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor.’”
10Then the king said to Haman, “Quickly, take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to the Jew Mordecai who sits at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.”
So ironic! Really, doesn’t this scene make you laugh out loud?!
“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
— Albert Einstein
11So Haman took the robes and the horse and robed Mordecai and led him riding through the open square of the city, proclaiming, “Thus shall it be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor.”
12Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate, but Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered.
Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)
Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
13When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom your downfall has begun, is of the Jewish people, you will not prevail against him, but will surely fall before him.”
Zechariah 2:7-9 (NIV)
“Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!” For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye— I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me.
14While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman off to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
And to whom is honor really due? We know! HERE is “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” arranged by F. Melius Christiansen and sung by the St. Olaf College choir, 1975.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.