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ESTHER SERIES – CHAPTER 6

January 5, 2019

Chapter 6 recorded that King Ahasuerus suffered from insomnia the night of the first banquet and he decided to have the royal chronicles read to him which revealed Mordecai’s foiling of an assassination plot against him which was planned by Bigthana and Teresh, two of his chamberlains.

Upon hearing the reading, the king questioned his people whether recognition was given to Mordecai for his act of loyalty, and he found out nothing had been done for Mordecai, he had gone unrewarded. Wanting to rectify this matter the king asked, “Who is in the court?” and he found out Haman who had come early to the king to get permission to hang Mordecai was there. Thus, he had Haman brought to him, and before Haman could say anything, the king asked him, “What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour?” Being egotistical and assuming the king wanted to bestow more honor on him, Haman said “ For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.” Then to his horror, the king revealed he was talking about Mordecai, the Jew and he assigned Haman the task of doing all the things that he had just said to the recipient of the honor, Mordecai.

After finding Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate and completing the task with him that the king had assigned, Haman went sadly home and told his wife and all his friends what happened and they voiced to him that the honor the king placed on Mordecai was a bad omen for him for it foretold of his doom.

The chapter ends with Haman leaving his wife and friends and going to Esther’s second banquet.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

When you are experiencing insomnia, reading may bring forth revelations.

It was God invisibly at work who allowed the king’s servant to choose the exact book in which the assignation plot information was written. How many times has God led you to pick up a book that had the answers to your questions? How many times have you purchased a book and not read it but at the appointed time you pick it up and it had the answer you were seeking?

The reward for your good deeds may be delayed, don’t fret in due time it will manifest.

God can cause your enemy’s words to bless you, and God can cause your enemy to bestow honor on you even when they don’t want too. Remember Haman who hated Mordecai and craved respect from him had to give respect to Mordecai publicly.

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