The King Honors Mordecai
6 On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king’s young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” And the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. And the king’s young men told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.” So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set. And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’” Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.” So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and led him through the square of the city, proclaiming before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.”
Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. And Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him.”
Esther Reveals Haman’s Plot
While they were yet talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried to bring Haman to the feast that Esther had prepared.
Esther 6 Commentary
by Hank Workman
“If the book of Esther shows us anything, it shows us that God manages the affairs of men, without their knowledge. God knows what He is doing and in the courts of heaven there are no coincidences or surprises.”David Guzik
Random happenings, or not? Being at the right place or the right time, or not? Luck of the draw or not?
King Xerxes couldn’t sleep. Deciding to read a book, he summoned for the record of his reign. Certainly, this would help him fall into a deep sleep. As his attendants read to him they came to a story of a deed Mordecai had done. He had exposed a plot to kill King Xerxes and had saved his life. Recorded in the history, Xerxes asked if he had been honored for such a noble thing. He had not.
It just so happened that Haman was up bright and early and standing in the court. Summoned to the king, where it was posed “What should be done for a man whom the king delights to take honor?”
Haman, so full of himself thought for certain it was him. His answer was really ridiculous showing his pride of how he would want to be honored. Put on him a king’s royal robe, let him ride his horse, have someone lead this man of honor throughout the city streets proclaiming this is what the king does to honor someone he delights in. The king turned. “Great idea! Do what you’ve just said for Mordecai.”
Can you imagine, Haman having to honor his mortal enemy – the one whom he’d just built a gallows to kill? Dutifully and humiliated he did exactly what was asked, slaughtering his pride. Completely embarrassed when the task was completed he ran home with head covered. Recounting the morning events his family told him Mordecai would be his downfall and he couldn’t stand against him now. While still talking the king’s eunuchs showed up telling him his dinner with Esther and the King was about to begin.
All of this coincidence? Of course not. None of the book of Esther is based on coincidence. She wasn’t lucky to be queen. Mordecai wasn’t lucky to have thwarted the assassination scheme. It wasn’t luck that King Xerxes couldn’t sleep and asked for his history book. Haman wasn’t in the courts at ‘just the right time’. All of these events were orchestrated by God.
God is always at work even when we can’t see it. Even though there are times He’s quiet and we’re not seeing any movement on our end, He is still lining things up and directing His course. Consider even how for Mordecai these were dark days. His people were going to be slaughtered. He was a mortal enemy of a powerful man who seemingly had Xerxes’ ear. These were also heavy days for Esther who had laid upon her the burden of intervening for people. These were indeed dark days for these 2. Yet God was working behind the scenes to bring the most stunning of revelations and upheaval of which He was about to reveal.
Trust God’s plan. Even when it seems so dark and impossible – trust His plan.
Esther 6 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Generally speaking, we tend to fall into one of two categories. Either we are detail-oriented thinkers or big-picture thinkers. People who focus on the details tend to lack the vision to see how it will affect future development. Those who are casting vision into the future tend to overlook the important details of how to get there. Where am I going with this?
God is the ultimate detailed, big-picture thinker. He orchestrates the smallest details that seem totally random or coincidental to us. Then, He weaves those details together to reveal an unfathomable big-picture plan. God loves to take dead-end, impossible situations and transform us with His glory. He uses the things perceived as foolish to humble the proud.
Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. 28 God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, 29 so that no one can boast in His presence.1 Corinthians 1:27-29 HCSB
None of these events in Esther 6 were a coincidence. They seem to line up too perfectly to be true, but God had been working the entire time. For Haman, covering his head in mourning would have indicated someone just died. This was a crushing blow to his pride!
The lesson here is that the wrath of man is always used to glorify God. Even in the worst of circumstances, in this life or the next, God will orchestrate every detail to baffle the enemy and leave all people glorifying God. The truth of this is understood as we read what Haman’s wife and friends say to him. “You won’t overcome him, because your downfall is certain.” This is our God!