Friday, April 29, 2011

The Book of Esther 13

The Book of Esther
Esther 6:10-14

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.  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.

And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.  And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing 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. 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.

The City Square
Mordecai had just been in the city square the day before covered with sackcloth and ashes. Hamon is instructed, by the king, to bring Mordecai into the city dressed in kingly apparel, riding the king’s horse, and proclaiming to those in the city, the royal honor due him. The words that Hamon would speak about Mordecai must have been like gravel in his mouth. What a difference a day would make in the lives of Mordecai and Hamon. What Hamon hoped would bring Mordecai down was used to humiliate Hamon which had an adverse affect upon him––nothing he had anticipated or planned happened. What about us, have we planned things in our lives and been greatly disappointed? Did we not know that our God is sovereign and His plan for our lives overrules, overturns and overrides our plans to cause His will to be accomplished? Please know and understand that in the hands of Almighty God, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).”

Advisor to Adversary
Hamon rushes home to his wife and friends having his head covered in shame and humiliation. He explains all that has happened to him and awaits for someone to console or counsel him over his dreadful plight. His wife and friends give him no hope, no recourse, no option to fall back on, their only response, “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.” His wife and friends have now become his adversary and make it sound as if they had nothing to do with the plot against Mordecai. Their comments are cold and uncaring now that Hamon is in trouble and with heartless disregard they correctly predict his downfall. As Hamon is listening to them give him a dim view of the outcome of his life, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurry Hamon away to the feast Esther has prepared.
Thought: Pride will always bring you down,  A man's pride shall bring him low: and can destroy you; The LORD will destroy the house of the proud (Proverbs 29:23a; Proverbs 15:25a). Are there areas in your life that you are tempted to become arrogant or prideful? If God were to humble you now, is there a situation that He would have to give His unlimited attention to? May you freely and deliberately humble yourself before God, submitting to Him, and resisting Satan, that you, in your humble state, may be given more grace. James 4:6-10 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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