In the middle of the night, Haman and his family devised a plan to humiliate and kill Mordecai by impaling him on a stake and they have begun to carry out their plan.
Esther 6:1a “That night the king could not sleep.”
The king can’t sleep. Maybe the pressure and weight of the enormous burden of leadership was taking its toll on him. There’s been a steadily increasing sense of anxiety and fear in the kingdom lately, with very little joy or satisfaction. The nation had lost much more than it gained over the years. It declined much farther than it had advanced since the king started listening to Haman’s advice.
Everything Haman did was designed to satisfy his own agenda and accomplish his own purpose. But Haman had managed to convince the king that it was in the best interest of the nation. It was all supposed to make things better. But things kept getting worse. Haman keeps telling me its right but something inside me says it’s wrong. The king was restless. He needed answers. He started searching for truth.
Esther 6:1b “so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.”
He started reading his diary, “the book of the chronicles; the record of his reign,” which was actually an official account of their nation’s history. He began to remember a time in his life when he had the peace and the rest he was so desperately searching for now. What happened to it? Where did it go? When and how did I lose it? He went back into the history books to find out what had once made their nation so great; why they had been so blest and prosperous in the past.
Esther 6:2 “It was found 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.”
That’s right! There was a time in our nation’s history when truth mattered. Listening to Mordecai and following his advice saved my life and prevented a collapse of the kingdom.
Esther 6:3a ‘”What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?’, the king asked.”
What did we ever do about that? How did we thank him for what he did for us?
Esther 6:3b “’Nothing has been done for him,’ his servants answered.”
Nothing has ever been done for him. Instead of thanking Mordecai, King Xerxes elevated Haman to a position of second in command of the nation and believing Haman’s lies have turned Mordecai from a friend and helper, into an enemy and a liability.
The “spirit of the antichrist” that is present in the world today has deceived this nation the way Haman deceived the nation of Persia. Years of self-indulgence, self-gratification and self-exultation that come from embracing the lies of the devil have stolen the greatness from our land.
Like Xerxes, we have forgotten that honoring the truth of God’s Word is what blessed us in the past, kept us free, and caused us to prosper as a nation. We have allowed freedom and blessings to slip through our fingers and the God of the Bible; the one who is “the way, the truth and the life;” the one who is “the only way to the Father,” has now become our enemy and believing in this God has become a threat to our national security.
Because we see ourselves as being more progressive and enlightened now, we keep telling ourselves that things are supposed to be getting better. But we know they keep getting worse. We’ve convinced ourselves that what we are doing and the direction we are going is right. But deep down inside, we know it’s wrong. We’re not advancing as a civilization, we’re steadily declining.
As violence, greed and self-indulgence, lawlessness and idolatry continue to increase, God’s people are praying for their leaders to turn back to the truth; to look back into our history and remember the things that once made this nation great. King Xerxes couldn’t sleep so he read back over the kingdom’s history and found the answers he was searching for.
We’ll break here for now and, Lord willing, next Tuesday we’ll see what King Xerxes decides to do. What will restore the rest and peace he and the nation had once.? Thanks for being in God’s word with Pasto Buj.