Mordecai Honored by King Xerxes

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Providence

Have you ever experienced a time when you woke up in the night and could not go back to sleep?  God often accomplished some of His deepest work in the hearts of men, as they lay awake upon their beds at night. As this chapter unfolds we see how King Ahasuerus’ sleeplessness proved to be the turning point in the fortunes of Haman and Mordecai as well as the tide of circumstances for the Jewish race. How many deeds have you done for which you felt insufficiently rewarded? When the king could not sleep he asked that the history books of his reign be brought and read in his presence (v.1). When the servants read to him about Mordecai=s good deed of revealing a plot that saved his life he questioned them as to how Mordecai had been rewarded (v. 2). When they said nothing, he called Haman into his room (vv. 3-5).

Without revealing who he was talking about, the king asked Haman how he should honor someone in whom he delights (v. 6). Thinking this person was himself, he tells the king that this person should be paraded through the streets, dressed in the king’s clothes and riding on the king’s horse (vv. 7-9). The king thought this was a great idea, so he ordered Haman to march Mordecai, the Jew, through the streets honoring him (vv. 10-11). Haman had built a gallows to hang Mordecai on and had actually come to the palace early that morning to ask the king for permission to carry out this plan. Now he has to honor this man.  Can you imagine how humiliating this must have been? Mordecai returned to his duties in the king’s palace, and Haman hurried home to hide his face in shame (v. 12). Haman’s wife told him his time was up (v. 13) and he went to Esther’s dinner (v. 14).

Application

Every event in my life is not merely coincidence but the result of God’s sovereign will for my life. 

Esther 6:1-14 (English Standard Version)

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. 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. 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." 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. And the king's young men told him, "Haman is there, standing in the court." And the king said, "Let him come in." 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?" And Haman said to the king, "For the man whom the king delights to honor, 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. 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.'" 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." 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." Then Mordecai returned to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. 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." While they were yet talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hurried to bring Haman to the feast that Esther had prepared.

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