Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Justice is Served!

September 24: Esther 6-10

1 On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king's young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” 4 And the 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. 5 And the king's young men told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.” 6 So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” 7 And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, 8 let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set. 9 And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king's most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’” 10 Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.” 11 So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and led him through the square of the city, proclaiming before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.”

12 Then Mordecai returned to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. 13 And Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him.”
Esther 6

Justice is Served!

It would be extremely difficult to summarize today's reading in just a few verses, so I have recorded all of chapter 6 above. You may really want to read chapters 7-12 as well--it is not a very long passage.

Yesterday we spoke of the plot of Haman against Mordecai and all of the Jews; today we will see how God brought true justice to His people.

Just as Haman was devising plans to seek the king's permission to hang Mordecai on the gallows a very interesting thing happened. Not being able to sleep, the king read through his book of memorial deeds. What should he discover? Mordecai, who had uncovered a plot to assassinate the king had never been honored for his loyal service to the Ahasuerus. The next morning, before Haman could even speak to the king about his plan to hang Mordecai, the king asks him what he should do for someone he chooses to honor. Thinking that the king meant to honor him, he listed everything he would like to have the king do for him. Imagine his shock at the king's response.

Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.”

This was the first inkling Haman had that things were not going well; even his wife and family noticed when they said to him,

“If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him.”

Their omen certainly turned out to be true. Not only was Haman and his sons hung on his own gallows, but all of the enemies of the Jews throughout the entire land had to face the Jewish soldiers who were allowed to defend their families against the evil intentions of Haman.

God brought about a great victory that day for His people; best of all, He still does the very same thing for His children today. Make no mistake, those who are not believers hate God and all of those who follow Him. That has not been as evident in the United States since its origin, but it is beginning to be felt now. Remember, when people hate you for being a Christian, it is really God they hate!

We need to pray for those around us that God would be gracious to them as He has been to us in granting a salvation which we have neither earned nor deserved. No matter how things may appear, remember that with God, justice is served--it will always be served!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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