ESTHER #17

11/09/21

            King Xerxes has been reading the chronicles of his reign and was reminded that Mordecai had once saved his live and nothing was ever done to reward him.

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 built for him. His attendants answered, ‘Haman is standing in the court.’ ‘Bring him in,’ the king ordered.”

Talk about bad timing.  Xerxes’ meditation and quiet time were interrupted by Haman who’s come to talk to the king about his diabolical plan to murder Mordecai.  But when he gets there, Haman doesn’t get a chance to say anything.  

Esther 6:6a     “When Haman entered, the king asked him, ‘What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?’”

“What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”  Is what I think you said what I think you meant?  Confused?  Good; you should be.  Haman is certainly confused.  If we’re confused, we can’t blame God for it.  Sin causes confusion and Satan is the author of it..   

“Where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find confusion and every evil practice.(James 3:16)

God is not the author of confusion. Wherever Satan rules and sin runs unchecked, confusion, chaos and disorder will run rampant in a life, in a home, in a church, or in a nation..   

 Esther 6:6b  “Now Haman thought to himself, ‘Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?’”    

What I think he said, must be what I thought he meant. “Who would the king rather honor than me?”   Haman and Satan, two self-absorbed egotists who both want to be king; who both want to rule people’s lives; who cannot be satisfied as long as someone tries to resist them and has absolutely no fear of them.  There is no room in Haman’s world for anyone or anything but himself.  He loves himself and no one else. 

The devil is full of himself too.  He can’t think of anyone who should be honored more than he.  He will use, abuse and then abandon anyone and anything he can to achieve his own goals and purposes. He will never love or honor anyone but himself.     

Esther 6: 7-9    “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 his 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 one the king delights to honor.’”

Since what I think you said is what I think you meant; since you’re obviously planning to honor me; let me wear your robe.  I already have your ring.  Let me ride your horse, the one with the royal crest on his forehead that lets everyone know it’s your horse.  Parade me through the streets of the city and let the whole world know; “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor.”  In other words, if you really want to honor me, step aside; step down; move over and let me take your place. 

So we leave today with two plans on the table; a plan to humiliate and disgrace and a plan to honor and exalt.  One plan ends in victory and life.  The other ends in defeat and death.  Hang him on a gallows.    Parade him through the streets.  Both of the events are going to happen.  Both of these plans will be carried out.  It’s not exactly what Haman had in mind.  Obviously, what he thought Xerxes said what not what Haman thought he meant. 

That’s the kind of damage sin and confusion will cause.  Before it’s all over, someone will be impaled on a pole and someone will be paraded through the streets.  There are two plans on the table of world events right now.  The devil has his plan and God has His own.  Both plans will be carried out. 

The questions I’ve got to answer are, “which plan will I be a part of?  Where will I be standing when these plans are completed:  Who am I standing with?  Whose side am I on?”

Lord willing, we’ll continue to watch this unfold next Tuesday. Thanks for being in God’s Word with Pastor Buj. 

Published by pastorbuj

I have over forty-five years of pastoral experience serving churches in Rhode Island, New York State and California. After retirement, I wrote and published a book titled, "Why Did He Bother? A Pastor's Account of God's Abundant Mercy, Love, and Grace." It is available as a paperback, e-book and audible from Amazon.com. My newest venture is a Bible teaching blog site called "pastorbuj.wordpress.com"

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