Esther Chapter Six, Don't Mess With God's People
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
'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.
Esther 6:4 & 5
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
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
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
The proud man is reduced to leading the horse of the man he hates the most
through the streets of the city.
Esther 6:12 & 13
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.