In our study of Esther chapter six, we look at how God takes care of His children. We will see how God supernaturally works behind the scenes to protect them and how it is not a good idea to mess with His people.
That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.
God stepped in and caused the king to be restless and to request that the record of his reign be read to him. If you have children, you may have read to them to get them to go to sleep and that is the same thing that is happening here. This may seem like an unimportant point but, as we shall see, this supernatural act has major effects.
It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.
In the reading of this record, the king was reminded of how Mordecai had saved his life (see chapter two).
'What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this? the king asked. 'Nothing has been done for him,' his attendants answered.
Now that God has reminded the king, the king wonders if Mordecai was properly rewarded but the attendants tell the king that he was not. This is a picture of our lives sometimes with Christ in this world. It may seem that we serve without much recognition or reward but, just like with Mordecai, we will be rewarded for our faithful service to our King at the proper time.
The king said, 'Who is in the court?' Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows he had erected for him. His attendants answered, 'Haman is standing in the court.' 'Bring him in,' the king ordered.
Now, we have an interesting situation where the will of man comes up against the will of God. You just know this that this is not gonna go well for Haman. If you are a child of God, the same God who is there to protect Mordecai is there for you.
When Haman entered, the king asked him, 'What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?' Now Haman thought to himself, 'Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?'
So the king asked Haman for advice on how to reward Mordecai. Haman, in his prideful heart assumed that the king was talking about rewarding himself.
So he answered the king, 'For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king's most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, 'This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!'
Haman is thinking of the great parade and honor that is ahead for him as he answers the king's question. He suggests a royal parade through the streets of the city to let everyone know that this is the king's top man.
'Go at once,' the king commanded Haman. 'Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.'
Imagine how Haman's jaw must have dropped when the honor that he suggested for himself is to be given to the one that he hates the most. Mordeaci was a Jew (one of God's chose people) and God takes care of His own. God must have a sense of humor as only He could come up with something like this. God is the same today as He was at this time and so, if you are His people and others are messing with you, humble yourself and wait on the Lord because he will honor you (like Mordecai).
So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, 'This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!'
The proud man is reduced to leading the horse of the man he hates the most through the streets of the city.
Afterward Mordecai returned to the king's gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, 'Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin - you cannot stand against him - you will surely come to ruin!'
Haman went home upset about this turn of events. He called his wife and friends together and told them what had happened. This is the same group of people that had told him to have the gallows built to hang Mordecai. Now, they tell him that, because Mordecai is a Jew, he is doomed and cannot stand against him. It is awesome to see what God can and will do as he has used these events to get Haman's friends and family to see that He takes care of His own people.
While they were still talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.
Even though he didn't feel like going, he still had to go to the banquet. God has taken care of His own people and now He is going to deal with the man that opposes His people. If you are a child of God, then you do not have to worry about dealing with your enemies because God will handle it just as He did here with Mordecai.