ESTHER #18

11/16/21

We’ve been talking about the obvious parallels between Satan’s plan for Jesus and Haman’s plan for Mordecai.  Haman’s plan was to hang Mordecai on a gallows and Satan’s plan was to hang Jesus on a cross.  Both plans were designed, not only to kill them, but also to disgrace and humiliate them as well.  The plans were both designed to terrorize anyone who belonged to their families and cause the rest of the world to hate them.

Haman had the gallows built before he went to the king.  That’s how sure he was that he could persuade the king to do it. That’s how much influence; how much control Haman believed he had over King Xerxes. 

But Haman didn’t realize that before he got there, King Xerxes had been reading in his records about the time Mordecai saved his life and prevented the collapse of the kingdom by uncovering a plot to assassinate him.  Xerxes also noticed that nothing had ever been done to acknowledge or to thank Mordecai for saving the king’s life. Haman came into the palace to convince King Xerxes that he should kill Mordecai, but King Xerxes has already decided that he wants to honor Mordecai.

Haman wants to be king.  Haman is planning to become the king.  But Haman is not the king yet and because he’s not the king yet, he can’t ignore the fundamental rules of Kingship.

1. The king always speaks first.  The king always speaks the first word.  Nobody speaks to the king until the king gives them permission to speak. 

We really don’t have to worry about that with Jesus, our king, because He’s already given us an open invitation to come to Him at any time for any reason.  We know we’ll never be turned away.  Jesus already gave us His permission to speak when He said, “Ask.” 

But when Haman came to see King Xerxes, I have a feeling he might have forgotten that first rule of kingship.  He may not have forgotten it, but I doubt he was worried about it.  It really doesn’t matter because, when Haman came into the palace, Xerxes had the first word.   

 Esther 6:6a    “The king said, ‘What shall be done for the man the king delights to honor?’”

Haman’s thinking to himself; “This is too easy.” 

Esther 6: 6b-9    “Now Haman thought to himself, ‘Who is there that the king would rather honor than me? 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 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.’”  

This is Haman’s fantasy.  Haman’s fantasy is seeing himself being paraded through the streets and exalted by the people.  Haman’s ultimate fantasy is seeing himself sitting on the throne and ruling the whole kingdom.  Satan can see himself on the throne ruling heaven and earth forever.  That’s Satan’s fantasy. 

Both of these fantasies might have become realities, but the King always speaks first.  The King always has the first word.  

Esther 6:10   “’Go at once’, the king commanded Haman. Get the robe and the horse and do as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.’” 

You can practically hear Haman screaming to himself, “Noooooooooo!!!!!!!! That’s not what I meant.  That’s not how it’s supposed to be.  You got it wrong. You misunderstood me.” The King always speaks first.  

2. The second rule of Kingship: The king is never wrong.  He never misunderstands and He is never mistaken. Even when I think He’s wrong; even when I believe I can’t possibly be wrong; even when I’m positively convinced I’m absolutely right, the King is never wrong.  Suck it up, Haman.  The king is never wrong.  

Esther 6:11    “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,’”  

Haman’s fantasy is crushed.  His plans have been turned upside down.  It’s the beginning of the end for Haman as he’s parading Mordecai through the streets.  The body of Jesus was taken down off the cross and placed in a tomb.  Three days later, Satan’s fantasy was crushed.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightening, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became as dead men. The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen just as He said.’”  (Matthew 28: 2-6)

You can hear the devil screaming to himself; “No!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s not how it’s supposed to be.”  You are wrong. 

It may not be the way you think it should be.  It may not be the way you want it to be.  But it’s exactly the way the King says it will be.  The King always speaks first and the King is never wrong.

Lord willing, we’ll go on from here next Tuesday. You won’t want to miss the rest of the story. 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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